‘Yellowstone’ star exits SAG Awards amid vaccination mandates: ‘I just don’t believe in these things’

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One “YellowstoneThe star will miss the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards due to vaccination and testing guidelines for the event.

“I mean no offense to anyone,” Fury J. Smith said in an Instagram address to his followers on Monday. “It is a requirement that the vaccination be done.”

Event organizers said the awards show, scheduled to air live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, February 27, will require attendees to be vaccinated, receive a booster and test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the show. Organizers are also asking attendees to wear a mask.

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“I’m not a restaurant,” Smith says in the video. “I won’t get a vaccine.” “I haven’t been vaccinated since I was a little kid. I don’t vaccinate my dogs, and I don’t vaccinate my horses. I’ve never had a flu shot. I would never. I think they put your immunity at risk.”

Forrie J. Smith plays Lloyd Pierce in Yellowstone.
(Paramount Network)

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Smith, who plays Lloyd Pierce on the series, said he planned to walk the red carpet at the awards show, but “I just don’t believe in that stuff.”

He was a recurring character on the show until season three when his role was upgraded to a regular series as Hand on a Big Farm.

(LR) Hussey Harrison as Laramie and Forrey J. Smith as Lloyd.  Yellowstone Episode 6 "All for nothing" Premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Paramount Network.

(LR) Hussey Harrison as Laramie and Forrey J. Smith as Lloyd. Episode 6 of Yellowstone – “All for Nothing” premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Paramount Network.

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“Yellowstone” earned its first SAG nomination on January 12 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Last month , The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said “It recommends that people stay up to date on their vaccines, which includes additional doses for immunocompromised individuals or booster doses at regular intervals. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional initial dose and a booster shot.”

John Dutton (centre - Kevin Costner), owner of Dutton Ranch surrounded by his ranch team (pictured left to right) Walker (Ryan Bingham), Lloyd (Furrey Smith), Rep Wheeler (Cole Hauser), Jimmy (Jefferson White) and Colby (Denim) Richards) and Fred (Luke Peckinpa.)

John Dutton (centre – Kevin Costner), owner of Dutton Ranch surrounded by his ranch team (pictured left to right) Walker (Ryan Bingham), Lloyd (Furrey Smith), Rep Wheeler (Cole Hauser), Jimmy (Jefferson White) and Colby (Denim) Richards) and Fred (Luke Peckinpa.)

CDC data appears More than 200 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, and more than 90 million have received booster doses.

Officials urged all eligible Americans to seek support amid the spread of the omicron and delta variants of the coronavirus.

Representatives for Smith and Paramount did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Julia Mosto contributed to this report

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