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Emilio Estevez reportedly leaving 'Mighty Ducks' series over vaccine mandate

Hispanic-American actor had played coach Gordon Bombay on Disney+ show and in 'Mighty Ducks' movie trilogy.

November 7, 2021 12:55pm

Updated: November 7, 2021 3:46pm

Hispanic-American actor Emilio Estevez won’t return for the second season of the Disney+ show “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” according to Yahoo Entertainment.

Estevez, 59, who reprised his role as Gordon Bombay as coach of the hockey team, reportedly will not comply with a Covid-19 vaccine mandate. Estevez also played the same role in each of the three “Mighty Ducks” movies in the 1990s.

Estevez’s option was not picked up “after weeks of back and forth over the show’s vaccination requirement, according to Deadline.

In July, the Walt Disney Company announced that all salaried and non-union hourly employees are required to be fully vaccinated. The mandate gives on-site employees 60 days to be compliant.

Estevez is the son of acclaimed actor Martin Sheen and the brother of veteran actor Charlie Sheen. Estevez is also known for movies that include "The Breakfast Club", two "Stakeout" films and the two "Young Guns" flicks, among others.