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Ingo Rademacher is checking out of General Hospital, according to our sister site, Deadline. The actor originated the role of Jasper “Jax” Jacks in 1996 and has played it off and on ever since. His last airdate, per the website, is November 22.

The West German-born 50-year-old, who has three children with wife Ehiku, has been vocal in his opposition of a vaccine mandate, even after co-star Steve Burton (Jason) disclosed that he had tested positive for COVID and claimed to have been exposed to the virus at work. (Deadline has the full story on that.) The ABC soap’s mandate went into effect on November 1.

In early, November, Rademacher shared to his Insta-stories a hateful anti-trans meme; it did not go unnoticed. “I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a fellow General Hospital actor,” tweeted Cassandra James, the transgender actress who plays Terry. “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 General Hospital family.

“Misgendering trans folks,” she added, “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.”

In response, Alexis’ portrayer broke the news that Rademacher “is mercifully no longer a part of the General Hospital cast. Transphobia and misgendering are disgusting and should be unacceptable in any industry, including soaps/acting. I stand with my co-star, Cassandra James, and the trans community.” Other cast members soon joined Grahn in her support of James and the trans community.

In turn, Rademacher posted a video in which he attempted to explain that he’d intended the meme to point out hypocrisy on the part of the those on the other side of the political spectrum. He wouldn’t have called the transgender woman pictured a “dude” but “transgender,” he added. “I apologize for that, because me personally, I wouldn’t have written it that way.” Apparently, he would have shared it, however.

Though transgender women are women, “I don’t think it’s OK to call a transgender an empowered woman,” he said, “because where does that leave women?… Women have fought so hard to get on a level playing field with men… I don’t agree with that” — “that” apparently being transgender women being treated as equals to their cisgender counterparts.

Way back when Rademacher first joined the cast of the ABC soap, he became part of a highly successful love triangle with Maurice Benard’s Mob boss, Sonny Corinthos, and his would-be moll, Vanessa Marcil’s Brenda Barrett. The character of Jax went on to have relationships with Sonny’s then-ex-wife, Carly, his half sister, Courtney Matthews, and his latest love interest, Nina Reeves.

In addition to General Hospital, Rademacher has appeared on the Australian soap Paradise Beach, the primetime soap Titans and The Bold and the Beautiful, where he briefly replaced Winsor Harmon in his long-running role of Thorne Forrester.

At present, the soap has not commented on Rademacher’s status with the show one way or the other. Check out all of the latest General Hospital cast changes via our photo gallery of the show’s exits.