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Sabato Jr.

'General Hospital' Star Opens Up About Being Blacklisted for Supporting Trump

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By Ivy Pope

A former star of General Hospital has triggered a lot of reactions from fans and non-fans of the show. Antonio Sabato Jr. said that he is not getting acting jobs and was made to leave Hollywood due to his support of Donald Trump. He starred as Jagger Cates on General Hospital, from 1992-1994, and he appeared in 1995 for a very short term.

He returned to the show in 2018, and then took a lead role in the spinoff, General Hospital: Night Shift. That show ran for two seasons on a now obsolete network, called SoapNet, which was owned by the Disney-ABC Television Group.

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Jagger was known for romances with Karen Wexler, and Brenda Barrett. Jagger's brother, a man named Stone, was a huge part of the story line, as Stone was HIV positive and died. In 2018, when the character returned, he had a five-year-old son named for his brother.

Sabato Jr. was one of a few actors in the industry, that publicly endorsed Trump during the 2016 election. He was one of the only celebrities to give a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Sabato Jr. even attempted to convince people of Trump's "birther conspiracy theories" against former President, Barack Obama, saying that Obama was Muslim.

And, of course, after this, he took to the circuit, and ran for a GOP congressional seat in California. He lost.

His claim is that all of the aforementioned politics got him blacklisted.

He most likely had to move out of Hollywood due to the costs, as you can see, he went from California to Florida, which presumably has lower cost of living.

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“I had to sell everything. I had to pay all my debts. I was blacklisted,” he said in an interview with Variety. “All my representatives left me, from agents to managers to commercial agents. I literally had to move, find a new job to survive and take care of my kids. It’s been terrible. It’s mind-blowing. It’s a disgrace. It’s tough, because if you’re in that environment in Hollywood and you have something to say that they don’t like, they’re going to let you know.”

After leaving Hollywood, he got a construction job in Florida. It was definitely a pay-cut from General Hospital and Melrose Place. Sabato immigrated to the United States from Italy, in 1985. He was not always a Republican, and actually supported Bill Clinton in his first two elections. Despite the turn of events, he does not regret anything.

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“I was the first one [celebrity] to say he was going to win. My integrity is intact. What I believe in is still intact. What doesn’t break you makes you stronger–that’s what they say. So I’m stronger than ever, and I didn’t have to lie about who I am,” he said. I know a lot of actors who are lying about who they’re going to vote for because they don’t want the crap. They won’t want to be talked about and fired from movie sets. This is serious.”

He's called his former managers, and asked to be re-signed, and they did tell him no.

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