Exclusive: Bold and the Beautiful Boss Bradley Bell Reacts to the Sudden Exit of Ronn Moss
Ronn Moss | Photo Credits: Cliff Lipson/CBS
Ronn Moss' decision to end his 25-year run as Ridge Forrester on CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful — reportedly over salary issues — is quite the industry shocker! It also comes as a major disappointment to the guy's massive fan base. What went haywire in his contract negotiations? A personal rep for Moss says the actor plans to make an explanatory announcement within the next few days. In the meantime Moss — one of the true gentlemen of the soap world — has taken to Facebook and urged his fans to not be "sad, angry, disappointed...It's been a great run and all good things end eventually. As this door closes, others are opening." What will B&B do without him? Will the role of Ridge be recast? TV Guide Magazine got the answers in this exclusive interview with the soap's executive producer-head writer Bradley Bell.
TV Guide Magazine: It's long been a point of pride that you've been able to hang on to B&B's original core four — Katherine Kelly Lang [Brooke], Susan Flannery [Stephanie], John McCook [Eric Forrester] and Ronn Moss. So how big a blow is this?
Bell: It's huge. And it came out of the blue. I only found out last Thursday [Aug. 9] about Ronn's decision not to renew. So I'm very sad but also very grateful for the 25 years we did have with him. Ronn is a wonderful man and a great actor and he'll be sorely missed.
TV Guide Magazine: This came totally out of the blue? You had no inkling?
Bell: Well, I did have a plan in place because when it's contract time you have to be prepared. It's always possible things won't work out but I did not think Ronn's departure was probable. There was a point in the negotiations where I was not hearing back from him, so just in case I went ahead and wrote a wedding for Ridge and Brooke — a real retrospective sort of wedding that honors the characters' 25-year relationship — and then I have them take off on a honeymoon. I've been in this business long enough to know I have to protect my show. The worst thing happened but at least I was prepared.
TV Guide Magazine: What can you say about the money you were offering him? Was it a big cut?
Bell: I will just say that I'm very proud of the offer we made to Ronn, especially in this day and age of daytime television and what's going on in our industry.
TV Guide Magazine: If the offer was fair, it seems like there's a piece missing here.
Bell: Well, Ronn has an announcement to make and that will be interesting for everyone, including me. I don't know what he has in mind.
TV Guide Magazine: Should we expect more such departures when other B&B biggies hit contract time?
Bell: No. I think Ronn's circumstances are unique. What happened here will not be widespread.
TV Guide Magazine: When is Ronn off the show?
Bell: Tuesday, Aug. 14 is his last day with us at the studio and he will make his exit on air Friday, Sept. 14.
TV Guide Magazine: What are your plans for Ridge? Death? Presumed death? How does a guy disappear during his honeymoon without a damn good excuse?
Bell: 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. 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.