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After Miles Teller, Hollywood’s vaccine debate hits ‘General Hospital,’ with two stars let go


Last week, Miles Teller finally announced that he had, in fact, been vaccinated for COVID-19, following months of controversy over reports that he had caused production for his new TV series to be shut down because he allegedly tested positive for the virus and refused to be vaccinated.

While Teller’s situation may be resolved, the agonizing continues in Hollywood over performers who refuse to be vaccinated. The controversy has now landed at the popular long-running daytime soap opera, “General Hospital,” with news that a second star of the ABC show has been fired over his refusal to be vaccinated.

Steve Burton, who played Jason Morgan on the soap for most of the last 30 years, announced Tuesday he had been let go. On Instagram, he said he had been fired because he would not get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I wanted you to hear it from me personally.” Burton, 51, said, before launching into anti-vaccine screed. “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.”

Ingo Rademacher (Jax) AND Steve Burton (Jason) gone from #GH in the same week. Both actors are anti-v. Disney is not playing around with the v. mandate. Major characters, gone. I salute Disney for their commitment to protecting the safety of everyone on set. #GeneralHospital https://t.co/PrAgShKuzc

— Amy (@AmyBethCombs) November 23, 2021

Burton’s statement about his “personal freedom” was decidedly less vitriolic than anything his fellow co-star, Ingo Rademacher, has posted on social media about vaccines. Rademacher’s Instagram has been filled with vaccine misinformation and propaganda as he loudly refused to be vaccinated, Variety reported.

ABC confirmed several weeks ago that the German-born, Australian Rademacher, 50, had been let go. The actor’s last appearance on the show, set in the fictional town of Port Charles, N.Y., was Monday.

His character, Jasper “Jax” Jacks, tells his ex-wife Carly that he’s “leaving town” due to pressing business in his native Australia. When Carly asks if he’ll be back for Christmas, Jax replies, not very optimistically: “I’m kind of on the outs with everyone in Port Charles right now.”

Ingo Rademacher Wraps His Run as General Hospital’s Jax – #IngoRademacher @GeneralHospital #Jax https://t.co/bP6zcfX0lu pic.twitter.com/hGtVFAsbPD

— MIchael Fairman (@MichaelFairman) November 23, 2021

To fans of the show, this line will no doubt be interpreted by viewers as a reference to recent real-life events, according to Deadline.

The departures of Burton and Rademacher comes amid a fierce debate in Hollywood over film and TV performers who have expressed skepticism about the vaccine or who are refusing to be vaccinated.

There is no universal vaccine requirement for people who work in film in television, but studios have imposed them on a production-by-production basis, the New York Times said.

Of the four daytime dramas remaining on the networks, ABC’s “General Hospital” is the only one that has instituted a …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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