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Ronn Moss Speaks on His Decision and Departure from The Bold and the Beautiful!

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After a shocking turn of events that left soap fans stunned worldwide, Ronn Moss has finally given his first interview since his decision to exit the role of Ridge Forrester after 25 years on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Moss opened to EW.com about his rationale, if salary issues where the main factor in his stepping away from daytime, his final tape day, Susan Flannery’s choice to exit, and how he will be written-off the show and much more!   Here are just a  few of the interesting excerpts from the interview below!

Moss on if salary issues and taking a pay cut where part of the issue for his decision to leave B&B:  “Yes, a piece of the whole thing, and it all showed me I need to move forward, not backwards, and I’ve been doing this for 25 years. How many shows — how many jobs — last that long? I felt that I needed to go in this new direction to give myself the chance to do all the creative things that I haven’t had a chance to do in 25 years, because I’ve dedicated so much of my life to this. That’s what I want the fans to hear, how dedicated I am to them. I wouldn’t have done it all this time if I wasn’t dedicated. It’s not just a job! I could do lots of other jobs. I had music, I had lots of other acting things.”

Moss on his last day on the set with long time scene-partner Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke):  “That last day was very strange. It was strange with everybody because most everybody was in, and everybody was trying to hold it together. I was desperately trying to hold it together. We’re all on that stage, and we’re all raw, and we’re all right on that edge of stuff — because of the job we do. Katherine Kelly Lang, most of all, that’s who I was probably most concerned with because she’s the love of my life in more ways that just the show. She’s been with me through thick and thin — we’ve been with each other for so long that that’s the longest-running relationship that I’ve ever had. We literally had to stand in front of each other and just pretend that we weren’t there. We couldn’t look each other in the eye. We were trying to be professional, but it was hard to be professional. She starts rehearsal on the first scene and falls apart. Then I see another girl fall apart. It’s everything we can do to keep it together. It was one of the most emotional days we’ve ever had.”

Moss on if he would be upset if the show decides to recast the role of Ridge:  “I don’t know if I really want to say because it’s not up to me. If it was up to me, I would say, “Let me have that as the legacy. Let me make that 25 years worth what I thought it was.” But it’s out of my hands.”

Moss on if he thinks his send-off with another Brooke/Ridge wedding and then honeymoon is the right ending for him as Ridge:  “It would be nice to have it that way, but it’s executive producer, Brad Bell‘s show, and he can do what he wants.  I wish him luck, and I want all good things to come to everybody who’s there. I want the show to thrive and prosper and go on to new heights. I hope they do. I hope everything works out. But I cannot dictate how things are going to be. I just don’t know. It’s one of those unknown things.”

Moss on Susan Flannery’s (Stephanie) decision to exit B&B as well:    “I had already known that, and the reason that my leaving got broadcast out was because Susan had blurted out on stage that we were both leaving last week. I knew that, and I knew that she was considering doing this. I think she’s doing it sooner than she even was thinking, but I think that says something. I’ll leave it there because I have to. I can’t really comment on that because her path is there now, too.”

What do you think of Ronn’s comments on his decision to exit?  The last day on the set for him and Katherine Kelly Lang? And, how Ridge as of now appears to be written-out of the show?  Weigh-in!

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JW
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JW

Sorry he’s leaving but BRING ON J. EDDIE PECK!!

bc
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bc

J. Eddie Peck would actually be a great recast. I used to watch him on Y&R w/ what feels like centuries ago before I quit the daytime soaps. He seems laid back and unemotional enough to be cardboard Ridge and he’s very handsome.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

J EDDIE PECK?!!?? That’s really a good idea! The character Ridge with a new actor could be downplayed, ie not made the lead as with Ronn Moss, but enough to remain integral to story. If Susan Flannery’s Stephanie is written out through death at year’s end, I for one will be upset without a Ridge presence.

And we do have another Forrester who is handsome and vital on screen… Winsor Harmon’s Thorne is a biological Forrester 100 percent, too. And he is way handsome himself!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Good call! Love J. Eddie Peck.

toscanti
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toscanti

Recast the role

Tom
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Tom

“…I had lots of other acting things.”

Um, sure, Ronn. Meanwhile, I think either Michael E. Knight or Vincent Irizarry would be amazing Ridge recasts.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Love them both too! And they can act.

Rodd
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Rodd

So many of his replies are so confusing. Does he even hear himself speak? ~ And I’m not just picking on him. I’ve read a lot of star’s answers in recenet stories that make them sound like they’re stoned out of their minds or doing a very good imitation of a lawyer; double-speak. NOTE TO SOAP STARS ABOUT INTERVIEWS: Please try to sound intelligent when replying to a question. Your fans will thank you.

ethel
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ethel

ronn is definitely not stoned out of his mind – all you have to do is read between the lines…………….

Blake
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Blake

Wow you can really read between the lines in his statements!

bc
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bc

Moss is making a mistake if it’s abt salary issues. How many daytime actors can say they have job stability? How many 60 something actors can say they’re still the kinda leading man of their soap? It seems like B&B was not forcing him to leave. Moss should have taken the pay cut. Moss was very lucky to be getting paid especially bec he is quite frankly not the most talented actor. I quit B&B eons ago but it’ll be interesting reading the recaps abt how Ridge exits. This would be really annoying if this is some kind of publicity… Read more »

kay/kay
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kay/kay

I think it was more of this storyline of the teenyboppers more then salary when the Ridge/Taylor/Brooke storyline was front and center their were still other great stories to offset it. And probably a bit of hurt feelings that BBell doesn’t really seem to care about keeping him.

bc
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bc

Oddly SF’s announcement that she’s leaving has taken the attention away from Moss leaving B&B because it really is Susan Flannery who has been was carrying that show when I used to watch it. They never use her based on the recaps of B&B episodes w/c probably was a factor when she quit. I think SF’s exit would have the most impact on B&B’s ratings.

Sue Davis
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Sue Davis

In a nut shell…!!!! I am so worried about losing
the last two soaps that I watch. Ridge and Stephanie’s
leaving came as a huge blow!! The show
will NOT be the same… I started watching B
B&B when it debuted. They are my family!
it is like losing or replacing a brother.. I am
very sad.. I had a love/hate relationship with
Stephanie. Now that that will be gone my feelings
about the show are not going to be good..
I wish they could stay.. =(

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

As a lifelong OLTL fan, I feel your pain. I really like Susan Flannery, Ronn Moss, not so much. They don’t use Stephanie enough IMO.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Only wish you the best and no their can not be a recast he is Ridge! I have been disgusted and have not really watched for a year, to make Scott Clifton the lead on this show is stupid, read between the lines why play second fiddle to a character that is so shallow I am speaking of Liam, what Brad does not realize is Ridge always waffled between Brooke and Taylor but you always beleived he truly loved them both. We have lost a lot of good characters on this show because of the obsession of the teenybopper triangle.… Read more »

B.J.
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B.J.

Please not Peck! 🙂

I’d love to see Vincent on any show, and would definitely start watching B&B again, if they were smart enough to hire him.

Madison
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Madison

I’m really saddened by the news that Susan Flannery is leaving the show…she is truely a class act — she is a GREAT actress and no one comes close. I love you Susan and enjoy your retirement!! Brad Bell is loading up his cast with too many young actors, and although their salaries are no where like the veterans (Susan, John Mc., KKL, etc.) but with so many more actors, money is tighter. So given what’s happened with other soaps — the cost of making these soaps, etc. they have to ask their vets to take salary cuts. And Ronn… Read more »

valesca
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valesca

i was SO HAPPY that at last Susan Flannery was leaving the show. I think she is THE WORST actress EVER, hated watching her. Now I just read she is back for an undetermined time. I won’t watch the show again until she leaves. Horrible actress!

Deborah
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Deborah

How nice of you!!. Don’t watch BB anymore.

Betty aldridge
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Betty aldridge

I cant see brooke without ridge I love them oth so much they make the show how sadden I am to see him go I have laughed I have cried while watching the show hope ron moss the best but cant see brooke without you you to are remarkable together and as for steffanie ive called her a few names when she done things I didnt like but when she left brooke alone I started liking the busy body good luck to both of you

BarbHall boo
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BarbHall boo

Ron had no back bone, he should have told Brooke to stop pushing liamand mope hope, no chemistry hope is like a teenager, send her to school Ron hasn’t had a lead story in years unless you count that stupid back and forth with Taylor. I don’t think he will get many job offers at 60 …that wig yuck. Anyway he can stay in his garage and sing like a teeny blooper maybe he can get on one of those 60’s band reunion shows..it’s really the writers fault not poor Ron. Time to retire Ron and the
Hope show…

Pat Rushford
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Pat Rushford

I love every one on B old and Beautiful, I’ve grown older with them just like every one that watches the show. they are part of my family,I want to say I love you 9Stephanie)Susan Flanney and (Ridge)Ronn Moss, I wish you both the best, and you’ll both be missed, but I will always have the memories of you both in my heart take care. Love you both (pat

Deborah
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Deborah

I will miss Susan Flannery(Stephanie Forester).She was a very good actress.I have watched BB,about the time,she was on. I will cherish the memories.Good Luck Susan on your retirment.

Sandi
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Sandi

I am extremely disappointed in Susan Flannery leaving the show. As far as I am concerned it is no longer of interest. I will never watch the show after her departure. It is unfortunate, as she so reminded of my late Mom. I could not believe how her movements, and her actions were so much like my Mom. Watching her made it seem as tho my Mom was still around. We lost her in 1991. She was a wonderful mainstay, and I will miss her tremendously. As for Moss exit, it didn’t make much difference to me, as I was… Read more »

andrea
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andrea

Ronn should have been asked to stay through the filming of Stephanie’s funeral. Not believable without him after 25 years of a mother and son’s close relationship. Big mistake, Brad Bell.

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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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