Straight from the horse's mouth: Ingo Rademacher
will not renew his contract when it expires this summer. The announcement comes after months of speculation.
Rademacher says, "When I first came on [General Hospital], I looked at it as more of a two-year thing. Then I looked at it as a three-year thing. And then I was like, 'All right, I'll do one more year.' Then, 'I'll stay on for a little bit longer.' But that's it. That'll be almost four and a half years." The actor went on to say, "I need a break, I really do. My schedule is really hectic and it's stressful. Basically, I don't want to have any more responsibilities right now."
Rademacher has no firm plans for his post-GH future. "I haven't really built up my resumé. I think [daytime] was a good move. And especially being on General Hospital, the best daytime show, I think. But there are other things I'd like to do."
The departure is just one in a string of high-profile departures for General Hospital and ABC Daytime. Earlier this year, Steve Burton
(Jason Morgan) departed the show. Elsewhere on the network, All My Children
's James Kiberd
) and One Life to Live
's Robin Strasser
) have left.