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Last week, soap opera fans were shocked to hear that Ronn Moss, one of the four lead actors on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, will be leaving the show. In an interview on Tuesday, showrunner Bradley Bell responded to Moss’ departure, saying that the character will not die.
Moss had been with the show since it started in 1987, playing fashion magnate Ridge Forrester. On Saturday, a rep for production company Bell Phillip Television confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that he will be leaving. EW reports that he filmed his last scenes on Tuesday.
The 60-year-old actor went to Facebook to tell his fans directly that he will be leaving. “Try and not be sad, angry, disappointed.. It's been a great run and all good things end eventually. As this door closes, others are opening,” he wrote.
In an interview with TV Guide, Bell admitted that the departure “came out of the blue,” although, “I did have a plan in place because when it's contract time you have to be prepared.”
Bell then explained how the show will deal with the character, noting that he will not be killed off. “Right now I can only tell you this: Ridge will not be dead or presumed dead. He will just not be in the picture. I don't want to do a presumed death because I don't want the story that follows to be all about Ridge,” he said. “This will be a Brooke story. Ridge is a pivotal part of the show and he will be back in a matter of time...and probably not all that much time. I will continue writing for the character. I'm looking at this in two phases, really. There will be a period of time without Ridge, which is where some new, interesting avenues for Brooke will come into play. But at some point it will be necessary for Ridge to return to the show. Who will be playing the role at that point remains to be seen.”
He also said that he “might go a little younger” when recasting Ridge.
The Bold and the Beautiful also stars Susan Flannery as Stephanie Forrester, John McCook as Eric Forrester, and Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan. Bell stressed that the other three actors should not be expected to leave any time soon. “...What happened here will not be widespread,” he said.
The show is one of the few soaps still on air. It averaged 3.1 million viewers during the week of Aug. 3.