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Updated 10:41 a.m. PT: Ingo Rademacher exited “General Hospital” an unspecified amount of time ago following his anti-vax protesting, though news of his departure was not made public until Monday, after he shared a transphobic tweet the day before. Rademacher has issued a video statement in response to the backlash over him sharing the tweet.
“General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher has exited the ABC soap opera after 25 years of playing the character Jasper “Jax” Jacks amid his ongoing protests against vaccine mandates, TheWrap has learned.
Rademacher departed the show an unspecified amount of time ago, though he will continue appearing on upcoming episodes that were previously shot.
Representatives for ABC and “General Hospital” did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment Monday regarding Rademacher’s exit from the show.
Grahn revealed that Rademacher, who has been very openly anti-vax mandate, is “mercifully no longer a part of the #gh cast” on Sunday, while sharing a tweet written by her “General Hospital” co-star Cassandra James about a “transphobic post” that Rademacher had shared on social media.
James had tweeted: “I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a fellow General Hospital actor. Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our GH family.”
“Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us,” James said in a threaded tweet. “The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”
“The fellow actor, #IngoRademacher, is mercifully no longer a part of the #gh cast,” Grahn wrote late Sunday, in a quote-tweet of James’ original tweet. “Transphobia & misgendering are disgusting & should be unacceptable in any industry, including soaps/acting. I stand with my costar, @cassandrajames, & the trans community.”
Grahn did not specify what led to Rademacher’s exit from “General Hospital,” which the Australian actor has been part of since 1996, beyond noting he had departed the show in her quote-tweet of James.
The post in question, which was first tweeted by conservative podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey and was shared by Rademacher on his Instagram Stories on Sunday, featured side-by-side images of Dr. Rachel Levine, the first openly trans four-star officer to serve in any of the nation’s eight uniformed services, and Winsome Sears, who was last week elected Virginia’s first Black woman Lieutenant Governor.
“Hello, and welcome to ClownTown, where the dude on the left is an empowering woman, and the woman on the right is a white supremacist,” Stuckey wrote in the tweet, which was then shared by Rademacher.
“Always search for the truth and be open to the fact it might come from a source you might not always agree with,” Rademacher wrote in an Instagram Stories slide that came just before he shared Stuckey’s tweet.
Rademacher also did not immediately respond to a direct-message request for comment, but issued an apology video a little before 10 a.m. PT on Monday, which you can view here.
In the video, Rademacher apologized for not crossing out the word “dude” in the tweet about Levine.
“…While its not okay to call a Black woman a white supremacist, I don’t think either that its okay to call a transgender an empowered woman because where does that leave woman?” said Rademacher in the video. “…Women have fought so hard to get on a level playing field with men. They weren’t allowed to do anything back in the day, they were nothing. So I don’t agree with that.”
See screenshots of Rademacher’s recent Instagram Stories below, which include the transphobic tweet, as well as several anti-vaccine mandate posts.