Steve Burton Makes Successful Return to ‘General Hospital’ Despite Past Vaccine Controversy

Los Angeles, CA – January 5, 2024

Steve Burton

Actor Steve Burton is set to reprise his role as “Jason Morgan” on the long-running “ABC soap opera, General Hospital.” Burton, who was let go in November 2021 due to his refusal to comply with the “COVID-19 vaccine mandate,” announced his comeback during an ABC primetime special celebrating the show’s 60th anniversary.

Walking through a doorway flanked by co-stars Laura Wright and Kelly Monaco, Burton shared the exciting news with fans, saying, “Happy anniversary, ‘General Hospital.’ Big things are coming to Port Charles.”

The actor, who portrayed Jason Morgan off and on since 1991, faced termination along with Ingo Rademacher in 2021 for their vaccine hesitancy. While Rademacher pursued legal action against the decision and ultimately lost, Burton, in a November 2021 Instagram announcement, expressed disappointment at the denial of his medical and religious exemptions, citing his belief in personal freedom.

Despite his departure, Burton hinted at the possibility of returning, stating, “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor.”

Burton briefly joined the cast of “Days of Our Lives,” available on Peacock, following his exit from “General Hospital.” However, he confirmed the conclusion of his stint on “Days of Our Lives” on January 4.

During a recent roundtable discussion with “General Hospital” cast members in celebration of the show’s 60th anniversary, the question of Burton’s return arose. Genie Francis, who has portrayed Laura on the soap opera since the late 1970s, expressed her hope for his return, stating, “I certainly hope so. Because he’s so missed — on screen and off. You’ve gotta admit, one of the nicest human beings who’s ever been with us.”

Fans can anticipate Jason Morgan’s comeback to “General Hospital” in early 2024. The actor’s return marks a significant moment for the soap opera and its devoted audience, showcasing the unpredictable nature of the entertainment industry.

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