Shock waves were sent through the daytime community last month when it was announced that General Hospital favorite Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jasper Jacks) would be taking over the role of The Bold and the Beautiful's Thorne Forrester -- a role that's been played by Winsor Harmon since 1996. And now soap fans will know when Rademacher's Thorne debuts.
The CBS soap has announced that Rademacher will be reporting for his first day at work on Tuesday, October 24, and will make his on-screen debut as Eric's son on Monday, November 27.
"I'm stoked to come on the show," the actor told Soap Opera Digest.
That being said, Rademacher admits it has been slightly uncomfortable to take over a role that belonged to another actor.
"[Harmon] tweeted over this past weekend that his role was being recast and I read the comments and a lot of people weren't happy," Rademacher revealed at the time the recast news was announced. "There was a lot of support for Winsor, and rightly so. I said to my wife, ĎWow, I feel kind of bad about this.' I mean, I know it's the way things go in daytime, but this is a new experience for me. I've never stepped into a role that was previously played by someone else. I hope the fans aren't too upset about this."
Harmon is the third actor to play Thorne, following Clayton Norcross and Jeff Trachta. Trachta recently stole the spotlight as "Dancing Trump" on NBC's reality competition America's Got Talent.
Rademacher first appeared as GH's Jax in January 1996. Since 2011, he's been making only occasional appearance as dictated by story. An ABC spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment about whether or not the role of Jax will be recast.
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