Long-time ‘General Hospital’ star fired after vaccine refusal, anti-trans meme


( WGN ) — A long-time star of “General Hospital” has been fired after declining to comply with the production’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to Variety.

Ingo Rademacher’s last episode on the ABC soap opera is scheduled to air on Nov. 22. He has played the character Jasper “Jax” Jacks on General Hospital since 1996.

“General Hospital” mandated vaccines last month for all cast and crew members.

Rademacher has been vocal about his anti-vaccination stance. On Sunday, he shared an anti-vax message on Instagram that read, “I will stand with you to fight for medical freedom.”

In August, when a group of “General Hospital” fans called for this termination after he spoke about his stance, he called them “morons, dictators and horrible, horrible” people, Deadline reported.

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News of the actor’s departure comes amid backlash after he shared a meme with a picture of U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, who is transgender, and referred to the picture as “that dude on the left.”

According to Variety, the meme had originally been posted by a conservative commentator.

The actor said he supported the author’s intent to, in his words, “highlight the hypocrisy of the left-wing media.”

In a video posted to Instagram on Monday, Rademacher apologized and said he should have crossed out the word “dude” in the meme and said that those were the author’s words, not his.

He also said in the video that he would comment on his “General Hospital status” later.

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Comments / 58

Patricia Walsh

the transgender person on this show is a man in a dress the day,we called them drag queens.Ingo.has a right to express his opinion,if the snowflakes get offended,gee... that's too bad!

Felix Ramos

Typical Nazis and I feel sorry for if they would pay attention to history they’d know the worst is yet to come GS DA ZIM AMÉN 🙏

Victoria Viens

no I'm going to miss Jasper jacks he's a cool dude very well liked in the soap opera for many years.easy on the eyes also and I believe that we should all have freedom of our rights and I respect he did that's his only right


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