(CNN) – Actor Steve Burton, a longtime cast member of the series “General Hospital,” says the soap opera fired him for refusing to get vaccinated.
In a video posted this Tuesday on his official Instagram account, Burton explained what happened, writing in the caption: “Hey! I wanted you to hear it from me. I love and appreciate you all!”
“Unfortunately, ‘General Hospital’ has fired me due to mandatory vaccination,” said Burton, who has played Jason Morgan on and off since 1991 in the daytime drama. “I applied for my medical and religious exemptions and they were both denied. Something that, you know, hurts.”
He added that “this is also about personal freedom for me” and said that “I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood because of this.”
Burton expressed his gratitude for his time on the show and did not rule out the possibility of returning.
“Maybe one day, if these terms are lifted, I can come back and finish my career as Jason Morgan,” he said. “That would be an honor. And if not, I will take this incredible experience, move on and be eternally grateful.”
He said he wasn’t sure when his last scenes from the show would air.
Burton shared that he had tested positive for covid-19 in August and said he had been exposed at work, he reported then deadline.
CNN has reached out to representatives from ABC and “General Hospital” for comment.