Burton’s final day working for the show was reportedly on October 27. He first joined the show in 1991, playing the role of Jason Morgan for 21 seasons. His departure marks the second cast member to be removed from the show due to the vaccine mandate, after Ingo Rademacher.
Announcing the news on Instagram, Burton said he would be “forever grateful” for his time on the show, but added that his decision was a matter of “personal freedom”.
“I wanted you to hear it from me personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate,” said Burton. “I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which hurts. But this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anybody should lose their livelihood over this.”
“But, with that being said, you know me, I’ll always be grateful for my time at general hospital. I love it there, I grew up there.” He added, “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honour.”
Burton tested positive for COVID-19 back in August, stating that he had been “exposed at work.”