General Hospital actor Ingo Rademacher was fired from the ABC daytime soap after he did not comply with the show’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. It comes a day after Rademacher’s castmates called him out for sharing an anti-trans mem on social media.
His final episode on the show will be November 22, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rademacher had been a regular on the series for about 25 years.
The outlet noted that Rademacher had been outspoken against vaccine mandates. On Sunday, he posted on Instagram, “I will stand with you to fight for medical freedom.”
He also posted a photo on Sunday of Dr. Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary for health who is the highest-ranking trans person ever in the U.S. federal government, and the recently elected Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, the first Black woman that will hold the position. The caption of the photo read: “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.”
Fellow General Hospital star Cassandra James, a trans woman, responded on Twitter, “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.”
She added: “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.”
General Hospital actor Nancy Lee Grahn replied to James’ tweet, writing that Rademacher was “mercifully no longer a part of the GH cast.”
“Transphobia and misgendering are disgusting and should be unacceptable in any industry, including soaps/acting,” Grahn continued.
On Monday, Rademacher said it’s not okay to call a Black woman a white supremacist and doubled down on his transphobic remarks. “I don’t think either it’s OK to call a transgender an empowered woman, because where does that leave women?” he said in a video.
“I do apologize for not crossing out ‘dude’ and putting in transgender,” Rademacher said. “Me personally, I wouldn’t have written it that way.”
Also in the video, he directed some comments to James.
“Cassandra, I apologize to you as well, sincerely,” he said. “I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well — I don’t think a transphobic man would say that.”