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Ingo Rademacher Talks Being B&B’s New Thorne Forrester!

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He’s the new Forrester in town and is ready to shake-up the canvas of CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful.

Former General Hospital favorite, Ingo Rademacher (Ex-Jax) debuted on Monday’s episode as the new Thorne Forrester – a role played previously for years on and off by Winsor Harmon.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Ingo at the recent Forrester men intimate fan gathering, which introduced Ingo to the B&B audience and the press, to get a few candid answers from the popular soap star.

During our chat Ingo weighed-in on: what has been his experience thus far in his new soap home, how this role came about for him, and how he felt about Winsor Harmon’s very gracious tweet to him welcoming him aboard as the latest incarnation of Thorne, and more.  

So, what is the back-story that landed you at The Bold and the Beautiful as the new Thorne?

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INGO: I moved back to LA in January for my wife’s clothing line, and because I am too young to retire, I thought I should just go after stuff.  I was doing a Christmas movie and they asked if I wanted to do eleven episodes on The Bold and the Beautiful.  I said, “Yeah.”  However, that role was not right for me at all.  It was written for a 30-year-old Latin guy with six-pack! (Laughs) I was like “The pool guy with his shirt off? Hmmm … I don’t know if I can pull that off.”  Then, two days before I was supposed to start shooting it; I guess Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B) said, “Don’t waste him on this, because I can’t have him back.  I want to recast Thorne.”  Now when I see it, I understand it. It makes a lot of sense.

How has it been working with your new cast members, and being a part of the first family of B&B, the Forresters?

INGO: I’ve been working with everybody including: Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), and John McCook (Eric), who is awesome. Everybody goes, “Wow, Thorne! You’ve changed a lot!” (Laughs) There are some great and talented people on this show.

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There is going to be quite the contentious relationship between Thorne and his half-brother, Ridge (Thorsten Kaye).  Wouldn’t you say?  

INGO: Definitely, and I think it’s going to continue till Thorne kicks him out of the country. (Laughs) Thorsten and I have some fun scenes coming up that you will see, and some of it gets a bit physical. Thorsten is great to work with. We have a great on-screen brother relationship.  With me coming onto B&B, Thorne brings in this new found strength that he has never had, or had never been written for him before. It makes Ridge do a bit of a double take.  He is like, “What are you going to do?  Go after my job now?” Thorne replies, “Yes, I am!”

What has the pace been like for you since coming to B&B, especially it being a half-hour soap as opposed to GH, which is an hour? I assume you are working a lot and hitting the ground running!

INGO: I had five scenes on the first day. The entire first week I taped at B&B, I never worked so hard, since I was on the Australian soap, Paradise Beach.

Will you be keeping your Australian accent for Thorne?

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INGO: I will not have my accent. I played an American on Hawaii-Five-0, and here on B&B there is a lot more ad-libbing, so you are often making the words your own.  So sometimes, our producer, Ed Scott will come down to the floor and go, “Make that sound a little less Australian.”  Now that nobody comes to the studio floor to tell me about it anymore that either means they have given up trying to make me start slipping into an Australian accent, or I got a little bit better at it. (Laughs)

Winsor Harmon was very gracious in his tweet to you about you taking over the role of Thorne.  What did you think of that, and being his recast?

INGO:  Winsor is great.  He was one of the kids from the other soaps that I used to hang out with in the 90’s at events.  He and I started on GH and B&B at the same time in 1996. I knew I was coming on as a recast, but I did not realize that Winsor did not know yet.  When I read that, I went, “Oh, no!” However, Winsor has not been off contract with the show since 2010 and had been recurring, so I don’t know if it was a big surprise.

So, what are your first impressions of Ingo as Thorne from Monday’s episode of B&B? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Mo
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Mo

I thought Ingo did a good job. He brings a new energy as Thorne is ready to take on Ridge. I do think Winsor could have played that, but for whatever reason Brad wanted to recast.

In the past, they have played some of Thorne’s resentment at having been relegated to the basement, but it’s not entirely Ridge’s fault. Thorne also needs to go up against Steffy as she is co-CEO. Thomas ought to be back to join Thorne on his crusade, as he is another who has been passed over.

Jen
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Jen

No offense to Winsor but with Ingo in the role finally Thorne can be a leading man believably challenging Ridge in business and in his love life. Can’t wait to see more of him!

Jaye
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Jaye

I like IR and am thrilled that he’s bringing his charm and acting chops to Bold. It’s about time someone stood up to Ridge and I am looking forward to seeing Thorne’s relationship with Brooke progress.

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Violet Lemm

@Jaye. Agree. Think he’s doing a great job so far. A little edgier than W.H. and can’t wait for him to take on the arrogant Ridge, with his designing chops as well as getting Brooke’s attention, and daddy Eric’s admiration and approval of his new designing endeveaur.

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Kathryn63

ME TOO IF I CANNOT HAVE BILL&BROOKE TOGETHER THEN I WILL CERTAINLY TAKE BROOKE&THORNE BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THORNE & COULD NOT STAND THE WAY RIDGE TREATED HIM!! SO I CERTAINLY HOPE BROOKE&THORNE DO IN FACT GET TOGETHER. JUST AS LONG AS IT IS NOT REPEAT NOT HER & RIDGE ABSOLUTELY NOT BE CAUSE THERE IS NO CHEMISTRY BETWEEN KATHARINE & TK AT ALL!! STILL NOT GIVING UP ON HER & BILL THOUGH GETTING BACK TOGETHER AT SOME POINT, EVENTUALLY!

Beth
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Beth

I am a big Ingo fan, and I have no problem with someone taking on Ridge. It makes for good family drama. But B&B is messing up royally with me by making Thorne aggressive for all things which belong to Ridge from the second he showed up on Monday’s show. Seriously, there’s been no let up from the start. What ever happened to building up to a storyline, instead of shoving the viewers into the deep end from the moment Thorne Forrester showed up again? I get that Thorne is a legacy character with lots of history, and his rivalry… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I completely agree with what you said, the writing for Thorne is coming off way too strong and it’s making it hard to invest in his character because he’s too one-dimensional. Ingo is doing a fantastic job so far, but I’d like to see more sides to Thorne in the coming weeks.

It’s funny that B&B has jumped head first into this story, but has been lagging for so long on developing Sheila’s story into something worthwhile.

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I love the nu thorne and I love the nuridge too but since I love ridge more then I will be rooting for ridge not to get with brooke because I want ridge with quinn but I want ridge to beat thorne in all other areas and I must say I like the chemistry that brooke and thorne has

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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