Ingo Rademacher, who plays Jasper “Jax” Jacks in the ABC soap General Hospital, has been fired from the show amid a series of controversial social media posts.
Producers of the long-running series recently unleashed the German-born actor, 50. We Weekly confirms. “His divorce from General Hospital was before today and was because he refused to comply with the vaccine manufacturing mandate,” a source said U.S on Monday, Nov.
The Alex Cross star has been outspoken before about its opposition to vaccine requirements, which vary by manufacturing. As late as Sunday, November 7, he shared an Instagram photo of himself with the caption, “I’ll stand with you to fight for medical freedom,” adding the hashtag “#nomandates.”
The Dancing with the stars alum also made headlines this weekend for reposting a transphobic tweet via Instagram on Sunday. The meme featured photos of Dr. Rachel Levine, the first transgender to earn a four-star rank in the United States’ uniformed services, and the newly elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Winsome Sears. “Hello and welcome to ClownTown, where the dude on the left is an empowerment woman, and the woman on the right is a white supremacist,” the tweet read.
Some of Rademacher’s General Hospital costars were quick to criticize him for the post. “I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a colleague General Hospital actor,” Cassandra James, who is transgender, tweeted Sunday. “You should be ashamed of yourself. You should seriously unlearn and educate. I am deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance from our… GH family.”
Nancy Lee Grahn, another General Hospital star, confirmed Monday that Rademacher is “luckily” no longer part of the cast. “Transphobia and misgeneration are disgusting and should be unacceptable in any industry, including soap operas/acting,” the 7th heaven alum, 65, tweeted. “I stand behind my costar, @cassandrajames_, and the trans community.”
Following the response, Rademacher posted a video Monday apologizing for not crossing out the word “dude” in the post. “Personally, I wouldn’t have written it that way,” he said via Instagram. “But the comparison there only points to the hypocrisy of the left-wing media.”
The former Fat and the beautiful star also apologized to James, 29, in the video. “I think you are an absolute talent and you are also very beautiful,” he said. “I don’t think a transphobic man would say that.” He added that he would discuss the status of his job at: General Hospital at a later date.
His last episode of General Hospital airs on ABC Monday, November 22, TVLine reports.
With report by Diana Cooper
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