General Hospital star Steve Burton was fired from the show this week after he refused to comply with ABC’s COVID-19 vaccine policy.
Burton is the second actor to leave the soap opera after Ingo Rademacher, who played Jasper “Jax” Jacks since 1996.
Burton said in a video to his fans that he had applied for religious and medical exemptions, but they were denied.
“I wanted you to hear it from me personally,” Burton said in a video posted to Instagram. “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.”