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He said : "Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate.

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.

' 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 ’ m excited to see what the future brings. ’ Discussing whether he would ever return to General Hospital, Steve continued : 'Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.

That would be an honor.

he follows colleague ingo rademacher out the show's door, who was also let go for publicly refusing to comply with the show's vaccine mandate.

' I know there's been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me personally.

Speaking his truth: Burton, 51, who plays character Jason Morgan, confirmed the news in an Instagram video to his fans

i don't think anyone 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, I grew up with some of you.

“ when one door closes, multiple doors open, that's always been my perspective.

Gone: His character Jason Morgan appeared to be killed off on Monday's episode when a tunnel collapsed on him. He had appeared on and off the show since as far back as 1991

'If not, I'm going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful.

Hollywood has been forced to get stricter about COVID-19 vaccine mandates in recent months, as the federal government pushes employers to act.

Steve Burton has confirmed that he's leaving General Hospital after 30 years.

In an Instagram video posted on Tuesday ( 23 November ), the 51-year-old actor revealed that the show has "let go" of him due to a “ vaccine mandate ”, where actors are required to be vaccinated against coronavirus on set.

Steve Burton addressed his exit from General Hospital (Picture: ABC)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ingo Rademacher – who played the role of Jasper "Jax" Jacks – departed the show after his last episode aired on Monday ( 22 November ).

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