Sunday, April 14, 2024

Steve Burton Is Back on “General Hospital” After Refusing Vaccine and Getting Fired from ABC Soap by Disney


That’s showbiz: Steve Burton is back on “General Hospital.”

Burton was fired in November 2021 from the ABC soap when Disney required all employees to be vaccinated for COVID. He refused, citing his right to be careless and stupid among his fellow castmates and crew. Burton went over to “Days of our Lives” for a year. Yesterday he announced he was leaving that show. (Another actor, Ingo Rademacher, was also fired after he claimed religious reasons for not getting the shot. He sued ABC and lost.)

Tonight, at the end of ABC’s 60th anniversary of “GH” show, Burton appeared in the closing segment. He’d better hope there isn’t another pandemic.

The 60th anniversary show followed the most insipid special in some time — the Golden Bachelor’s free ad supported wedding. I only watched the last half hour and it was like having nails driven through the palms of your hand.

From the “General Hospital” special the main takeaway — other than Burton’s return — was the alarming facelift on pop star Rick Springfield. He could barely speak, his mouth was so tight. Jesse’s Girl would be very shocked.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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