Laura Osnes said on her Instagram that she would have...

Laura Osnes said on her Instagram that she would have "tested in a heartbeat" if Guild Hall had asked her. Credit: Getty Images for Lucille Lortel Awards / Ben Gabbe

Broadway star Laura Osnes, who was removed from the upcoming show "I'm Crazy For You" at Guild Hall in East Hampton after she reportedly refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine, took to social media on Monday to respond to Page Six's story on the incident.

"The article reports erroneous allegations that have generated a firestorm of negative conclusions and comments," Osnes posted on Instagram. "It is important to me to clarify what actually happened."

Osnes, 35, said that she was hired for Guild Hall's Aug. 29 performance of "I'm Crazy For You," a sneak peek at an upcoming Broadway revival of "Crazy For You," in May, then was told in June that "protocols had changed, and I would now need proof of vaccination to participate." She has since been replaced by Sierra Boggess.

She added: "I was disappointed but responded that I would have to withdraw, as I have not yet gotten the vaccine."

Osnes also denied Page Six's report that her co-star, Tony Yazbeck, had pressed her to get the vaccine. "It is also important to clarify that none of my fellow performers ever 'pressed me on the matter' before I withdrew. It was a drama-free and discrete [sic] transition."

Guild Hall requires all staff, performers and guests to show proof of vaccination for indoor performances. Osnes responded to a Guild Hall spokesman's comment in the report that she was offered the option to provide a recent COVID-19 negative test result.

"This negative test option was never extended to me," she wrote. "I would have tested in a heartbeat — something that I have been doing for months, and will continue to do so, in order to keep working safely."

A spokeswoman for Guild Hall said that there was a miscommunication of the theater’s policy regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

"Laura Osnes voluntarily opted out of the one-night-only performance," she said. "She was graciously doing this event as a charitable gesture to Guild Hall, and for this we are grateful. Laura is a talented artist and we look forward to working with her again in the future."

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