TooFab has confirmed Ingo Rademacher is out at "General Hospital" and his last episode will air November 22.
As for why he's out, TV Line said it's actually, in part, because he refused to comply with the show's vaccine mandate, which went into effect at the beginning of the month.
Rademacher has been very vocal on social media downplaying the efficacy of vaccines and has slammed vaccine mandates. Just yesterday, he posted that he will "stand with you to fight for medical freedom" on Instagram.
Ingo himself hasn't commented on his exit, only promising to address his "status" at the show at a later date earlier today.
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Ingo Rademacher has responded to being labeled transphobic.
"I'm gonna address this real quick before it gets completely out of control, of course it already has. The left always likes to run with, 'Ingo Rademacher's transphobic,' instead of pointing out the fact that it was a comparison," he began. "While it's not okay to call a Black woman a white supremacist, I don't think it's okay either to call a transgender an empowered woman. Because where does that leave women? Women have fought so hard to get on a level playing field with men. They weren't allowed to anything back in the day. They were nothing. I don't agree with that."
"I do apologize for not crossing out dude and putting transgender ... me, personally, I wouldn't have written it that way," he continued, adding he "wouldn't refer to a transgender person as a dude, if they want to be called a she, that's totally fine."
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Addressing Cassandra James directly, he added, "Cassandra, I apologize to you, sincerely. You're an absolute talent and very beautiful as well. I don't think a transphobic man would say that. I think you're absolutely gorgeous. I apologize and I'm sorry, but you and I are going to disagree on a few things and I'm okay with that."
After he he continued to rail against "the left," calling them "bullies," he said he'd be addressing his "status" at the show "later" -- before sharing a story about how he supported his son wearing Disney princess dresses. "I don't think a transphobic dad would buy his son a Disney princess dress, there you have it," he said.
James herself also tweeted after his video went up, writing: "While trans people are subjected to physical violence every day I spoke up to call out something more insidious. Transphobic memes and 'jokes' perpetuate the myth that trans people are anything less than infinitely resilient and utterly brilliant."
"I am so moved by the enormous amount of love and support I am seeing online from the fans and many members of the General Hospital family," she added. "Thank you."
I am so moved by the enormous amount of love and support I am seeing online from the fans and many members of the General Hospital family. Thank you.
Ingo Rademacher has been called out for sharing transphobic social media posts by his "General Hospital" costars -- one of whom is also claiming he's been axed from the show.
Over the weekend, Rademacher shared a post from conservative podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey to his Instagram Stories, in which Stuckey misgendered the nation's first openly transgender four-star officer and highest-ranking trans official Dr. Rachel Levine by calling her a "dude" while comparing her to Virginia's conservative Lt. Governor Winsome Sears.
"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," read the post, showing side-by-side photos of the two women.
Trans actress Cassandra James, who joined GH as trans doctor Terry Randolph on the show in 2018, was the first in the cast to speak out against Rademacher for sharing the hateful rhetoric to his page.
Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us. 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.
"I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a fellow General Hospital actor. Shame on you," she wrote. "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," she continued. "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."
Nancy Lee Grahn, who has played Alexis Davis on the show since 1996, was the first of James' costars to offer support -- calling out Ingo directly while retweeting Cassandra's first post.
"The fellow actor, #IngoRademacher, is mercifully no longer a part of the #gh cast," she claimed. "Transphobia & misgendering are disgusting & should be unacceptable in any industry, including soaps/acting. I stand with my costar, [Cassandra James], & the trans community."
Laura Wright, aka Carly Corinthos, also took a stand on her Instagram Story.
"I am aware of the transphobic post shared by a GH member & I would like to start by saying I am shocked by this action," wrote Wright. "Misgendering trans individuals is dangerous & I want to make it very clear that I do not support this behavior. I stand in support of all trans folks & echo the words of [Cassandra James]."
"As a member of the GH cast I want everyone in the trans community to know we love you and we support you," she added.
Maura West also retweeted James and added, "I wholeheartedly support and stand by [Cassandra James] and the entire LGBTQ community. I did yesterday. I will tomorrow. I will forever. #TransRightsAreHumanRights."
really disappointing to see someone from my own gh family adamantly choosing to stand in hatred instead of love and acceptance. trans women are women. period, the end. we fight for lgbtq+ rights in this house.
Haley Pullos and William DeVry also stood by James, with Pullos tweeting it was "really disappointing to see someone from my own gh family adamantly choosing to stand in hatred instead of love and acceptance. trans women are women. period, the end. we fight for lgbtq+ rights in this house."
DeVry, who is no longer on the show, retweeted James and added, "Beautiful inside and out. Keep spreading the love."
TooFab has reached out to reps for GH, James and Rademacher -- as well as DMed him on Instagram -- for comment.
Rademacher hateful Story comes amid a flurry of anti-vaccination posts as well from the actor -- who posted Sunday that he will "stand with you to fight for medical freedom" and shared video of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis supporting anti-vaxx police and first responders facing termination for not getting vaccinated.
Rademacher has played Jasper Jacks off an on since 1996, returning in 2019 after previously playing the character from 1996-2013 and 2016-17.