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Ingo Rademacher issues statement, "I'm Fired" from GH!

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Alluding to our post earlier today that it looked like Ingo Rademacher is on his way out at GH, and thus his exit could coincide with the departure of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo as Brenda, now comes the new from Ingo himself that after 15 years he is leaving General Hospital!

According to ABC Soaps In Depth, Ingo put out this statement: “It is with mixed emotions and regret that I write this note to you, my fans and colleagues. After 15 years on GH portraying Jax I must say goodbye. I’m fired. Yes, I know that’s sounds bad but sometimes little birds need a shove out of the nest to find their wings… better late then never? I’m trying to find some humor in all this. Even though this was not my call, I think my GH days were almost up anyway.”

“I would like to thank everyone at GH, the producers, directors, crew, my fellow actors and ABC/Disney for making my 15 years enjoyable and fun. It was always a great place for me to work and I will have fantastic memories. I would again like to thank my fans and especially my “Jax Angels” who have been there for me, supporting me in every way, from Day One. Thank you!”  

A spokesperson for GH confirmed that Rademacher will indeed be exiting the canvas. Ingo was considered one of daytime’s best leading men.  So what do you think of the decision by GH? Let us know.

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madeleine
madeleine

Hearing the news about Ingo’s firing annoys me a lot.. I couldn’t stand Jax sometimes, but this is drawing a line….

He is one of the best actors on the canvas, so why fire him? Get rid of some of the newbies…

danielle
danielle

I think it sucks!! Wish they would get rid of some others that don’t seem to have half the talent of Ingo. Never minded new people coming on because they either made their way or they didn’t. We could always be assured that the solid actors were there at least until THEY decided it was time to go. Now they are bringing on all these new people and some of our most beloved characters are pushed to the wayside. There is a reason I don’t watch GH anymore. They don’t write like they used to and their is no one to root for anymore. 15 years has to mean something and it doesn’t. I guess my 30+ years of watching the show means nothing to them as well. I wish him all the best and know good things are coming his way. Is someone TRYING to sabotage GH?

Avelina
Avelina

They keep Brianna Brown and Ingo has to leave? UNFAIR

Andres
Andres

It’s all good. Might as well look for something else now that ABC will probably can it anyway. He’ll do fine. He was awesome on that Aaron Spelling show “Titans” back in the day.

CindyLou
CindyLou

I sad to here that Ingo was fired. Despite the there has rumors for weeks. It is still a shock to his castmates and fans. He is one of GH’s best. I only wish him and his family only the best.

Grace
Grace

I have been a fan of Ingo’s since he first appeared on GH – as the spoiled, rich corporate raider…. Remember when Lois barged into his office and WHAM! Ingo turned around and GH was forever changed, for the better. Yes, at 1st we liked Ingo because he was gorgeous, still is. But he has grown SO much as an actor. I think he is one of the best on the canvas and has been under-used for too long. I hope now that this GH door has closed the new door that opens allows him to live year round in his Hawaiian home that he loves w Ehiku & Peanut. Hawaii 5-0…. Are you listening! I don’t watch your show now, but would if Ingo joined the cast! Ingo, you will be missed more than you know!

ethel
ethel

i actually remember that scene with him & lois – i have been a fan of ingo’s since day one & i will truly miss him!

CarJaxFan
CarJaxFan

As a 24 year fan of GH this is sad. Iv’e been a huge fan of Jax & Carly. (So much so that I have a cat named Jax & a dog named Carly!) GH higher ups seem to be making a lot of nutty choices lately. Greg Vaughan, Tyler Christopher, and now Ingo. The writers at GH are not what they used to be for certain! They could have gone many way better places with Greg, Tyler, & Jax. I suspect GH is trying to trim the budget down to escape cancellation. FYI GH you cut out boring newbies like Steve, Olivia, Lisa, etc. NOT core cast members that everyone loves. I’m afraid these mistakes maybe the bell tolling for GH & I will prob cry on the day it ends…

Nancy Gomez
Nancy Gomez

I REALLY DIDN’T LIKE BRENDA’S STORYLINE. IT WAS BORING AND SO IS JAX. SO GOODBYE TO BOTH. LONG LIVE GH

Patc
Patc

I can not believe what they are doing to GH

ghroe
ghroe

totally disgusted about this. ingo is my favorite actor on the show. he has recently had some great scenes which showed off his talent. GH should have brought his character back to the light-hearted, carefree man that he was with brenda and lois. it sounds to me like they are trying to lose viewers so they have reason to cancel yet another soap. Goodbye ABC daytime!

Heidi
Heidi

Extremely disappointed in this event! Jax and Carly are so great and Ingo is so very talented. Big mistake! I think we need to do the same thing we did fot Becky Herbst and get Ingo back!

Gina
Gina

I am disappointed that Ingo is leaving.. I love watching him everyday & the work between him & Laura Wright.. And Brenda just came back after all those years away, and already she is leaving.. I am very disappointed with GH! I have been a loyal fan for many years. It is getting hard to be faithful with all the changes. But at least I still have Maurice & Steve…

lisa
lisa

Well… fine then – ship him over to Y & R….maybe he can be one of Colin Atkinsons ‘ henchmen …..now there’s an irony – Ingo playing a mob enforcer.

Avelina
Avelina

Since he is Australian- he would be great at Y&R with the Cane storyline!

heidi
heidi

I love GH and OLTL and all I can say is with everything that has happened lately it is so obvious that ABC does not care about their shows and they REALLY do not care about us… the fans! It is all about money! And I love capitalism.

Laura
Laura

The way they were shoving Jax under a bus, I’m not surprised. I know Ingo will land on his feet, and I’ll look forward to seeing him on a show not run by a bunch of freaking idiots.

lisa
lisa

ingo is a vet on this show. if you got to make cuts do it elswhere. if gh is on it’s way out i want to see the vets usher it off the air. ingo should be a part of this show as long as it is conducive for him. i know this is not by his choice. just another example of narrow minded writers and producers.

Janice
Janice

GH needs to fire Maurice and get this show back to being about the hospital and a total ensemble show!

janie
janie

So true Janice!!!

Taylor
Taylor

I think it’s crap. I’m personally sick of the mob storyline and feel that if anyone should go it should be the mob characters. The whole show is going down the tubes and it’s because they have turned GH into a mob soap opera and are gradually getting rid of all of the good characters/actors. Gh just lost another viewer.

tommiegirl
tommiegirl

I agree. I am beginning to think there is a pyromaniac writing with all the exposions.

Amber
Amber

All I can say is GH you suck! Ingo will be missed and I for one am done with GH.

tommiegirl
tommiegirl

I have just about had my fill also. The producers & writers need to get a grip on themselves. I can’t believe the producers are going long with the repeat scenerio that the writers are throwing at us. Jax should have not been let go what is needed is another new set of writers.

janie
janie

Ingo, get out while you can. This show is on its way out. They have systematically made this show about Sonny, Jason and Carly and due to that, there was really never any room for any other character to be the hero or heroine. Jax’s character storyline has taken a very mean-spirited path. And I think that Vanessa Marcil found that out as well. But, the real truth is this love affair with Sonny and his “godlikeness” is what has indeed destroyed this soap. There has never been any accountability by the writing team to balance this character. So hence the fallout. I wish all the actors and workers the very best. The blame lies with the creative team: exec producers.

marq
marq

i feel that was a very bad move on abc and disneys part to let an actor like ingo rademacker get away. they should have just gave him a long vacation until they figured out what to do with him, an not fired him. it’s scary to say and it’s scary to read and it’s scary to hear that some body was actully stupid enough to let talent like that go at all. every since abc merged with disney it’s been down hill, because disney is for kids and soap operas are for adults and disney obviously doesn’t understand or recogonize adult soap opera talent anymore if they ever did at alls, and of course with them envoled they have a lot to say about whats seen on soap operas an the ways soap operas work. they were smart enough to walk vanessa marcil off the canvas for the hundreth time, but ingo rademacher they fired. it’s so stupid i don’t want to believe it. i am so affected and bothered by that; i can’t even put it into words. (abc/disney) seems to be no longer connected with what works; they are too concerned with new and the next level an excelling to uneccessary levels to realize that it doesn’t and won’t and can’t get no better with names like maurice benard ingo rademacher an steve burton headlining them it was all good. with ingo rademacher leaving i wish steve burton and maurice benard and brandon barash and jason cook and joshua jackson and tyler christopher an nathan parson would all quit or leave also so i can stop watching general hospital all together, because they are the only reasons at alls that that show is watchable at alls; general abc disney and general hospital haven’t been loyal to all of their fans for a long time now; i don’t know which fans they think or believe or feels wants to see ingo rademacher gone at alls, but i just can’t say that that was a dumb ass move enough; that wasn’t for all or any fans at alls and if they aren’t doing all an any of it for the fans then they aren’t doing it at alls, which is probably why all of the soap operas (night time and daytime) are being canceled because there are to many people over there at abc/ disney an general hospital with to much experience and knowledge in and about the business and entertainment industry an to little knowledge about the fans of general hospital and soap operas and all of those other shows and what the fans want to see, and not caring is the same as saying you want to fail. how the hell can you not care what the fans want to see when the fans are the ones watching an keeping all of the shows on tv at alls. for the most part all of the charcters have forgotten to make sense and have forgotten to leave us… Read more »

Michele
Michele

Horrible decision. In fact the recent revisions on the show have startled me. Our beloved characters are behaving strangly, almost like they all of a sudden have different personalities. It’s weird and insulting to us viewers. I watch and I’m often confused on what is going on with the show these days. I DVR this program as I have for years and used to find comfort in settling down at night to watch my “guilty pleasure”. It’s not so comforting any more and that makes me sad!

tommiegirl
tommiegirl

Sad to see Jax leave. Jerry yes by all means. Please don’t ever bring Jerry back. Who should go is Anthony, Ron, Helena, & Spinelli if his roll is written better.

tommiegirl
tommiegirl

Another wasted salary would be bringing Franco back. This show used to be about love and family. With all the bad things going on in the world these days we need to have something entertaining to watch that makes us feel warm inside but thrilled in a nice way.

sonny
sonny

I can’t believe the let him go! He was one of the best actors on the cast and the ONLY reason I continued to watch after Marcil was gone. Once she came back I got others to watch. I really thought they would turn the storyline back to Jax and Brenda getting back together and having a “happily ever after”. Now they get rid of both!!! Bad move on their part. I will not continue to watch.

christine
christine

Bring jax back!!!

christine
christine

Bring Jax back!

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

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In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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