Actor Ingo Rademacher was fired from General Hospital after reportedly refusing to abide by the long-standing mandate to vaccinate the soap opera. The news of his firing came just a day after he shared a transphobic tweet on social media.
The Hollywood Reporter announced Rademacher’s sacking on Monday, noting that his latest episode from General Hospital will air on November 22. According to a THR report, the actor dropped out of the show prior to Sunday’s announcement and has spoken out several times. against vaccination requirements. Over the weekend, he pledged to “fight for medical freedom” in his Instagram caption.
Rademacher also shared tweet on Sunday, Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, the nation’s first openly four-star transgender officer and federal official to be approved by the Senate, and Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Winsome Sears, a Republican who will become the first black woman to hold the position.
The caption on the image reportedly read: “Hello and welcome to Clowntown, where the dude on the left is a woman empowering woman and the woman on the right is a white supremacist.”
Rademacher’s post on his Instagram Stories has not been cited as a reason for his firing in any of the subsequent reports. However, General Hospital co-star Cassandra James, a transgender woman, said her co-star “had to seriously unlearn and get educated” in a series of tweets.
“Misgender transgender people are violence, and if you came for one of us, you came for all of us,” she wrote.
On Monday, Rademacher tried to apologize to James in a short video posted to Instagram, but doubled down on his transphobic stance nonetheless.
“I don’t think it’s okay to call a trans person an empowered woman,” he said in the video. “And then what is left for women? Women fought so hard to come out on an equal footing with men. Previously, they were not allowed to do anything. They were nothing. So I disagree with that. “
Speaking to James, he added: “I think you are an absolute talent and you are also very beautiful. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. ”
Rademacher, who was born in Germany, created the character Jasper “Jax” Jax at General Hospital in 1996 and has played with him every now and then. His other works include Brave and Beautiful and Hawaii Five-0.
In particular, he did not mention his departure from the “general hospital” in his Instagram video, but promised to “comment on this later.”