Award-winning General Hospital actor Steve Burton has been let go from his role in the US soap, over his decision to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.
Burton, who has played the role of Jason Morgan in the long-running US soap since 1991, confirmed the news in an Instagram video on Tuesday evening.
The show, which is made by Disney-owned ABC Studios, requires its Zone A (those actively working on set) actors and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
He said: “Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions, and both of those were denied. Which, you know, hurts.
“But this is also about personal freedom to me.”
Burton went on to say: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honour.”
ABC has since confirmed that Burton’s departure is linked to his non-compliance with the show’s vaccine mandate.