TV Guide Interviews a Daytime Soap Writer

This could be a first:

Exclusive: Bold and the Beautiful Boss Bradley Bell Reacts to the Sudden Exit of Ronn Moss – by Michael Logan

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!…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.

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Of course, TV Guide featured a pic of actor Ronn Moss with their article, causing us to have to seek out one of Bradley Bell. And, yes, Bell is talking as a producer here much more than as a writer, but still – TV Guide is acknowledging that viewers know who the writers of soaps are and care what they have to say. Wethinks this is huge. We look forward to seeing the mag dance this dance again…and again…and again…