Sunday, April 14, 2024

“General Hospital” Actor Exits Show Today After Refusing to Vax, Doubles Down on Right Wing Rhetoric


“General Hospital” fans will bid goodbye today to actor Ingo Rademacher. He’s not dead. But he’s leaving because he refused to accept the Disney-ABC vaccine mandate. Rademacher has been with the show for the better part of 26 years.

Losing his paycheck and employment status hasn’t chastened Rademacher. He has continued to post inflammatory and incorrect information about the vaccine on his Instagram and social media accounts. Last week he posted a video from crazy Fox News conspiracy theorist. Today he has one from nutty California right winger Tulsi Gabbard.

It’s fairly unlikely that Rademacher will check back into “General Hospital” any time soon. And the three other soaps would be wary of bringing in an actor who won’t get vaccinated. I can’t imagine their casts and crews being excited about that possibility.

Unless the actor gets a new soap role, this will be our goodbye to him on this site.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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