HomeTVGeneral HospitalRick Hearst: “The Truth of the Matter” Regan Cellura June 8, 2009 17 Comments Rick Hearst sat down with TVGuide Magazine to dish on his General Hospital exit and his Bold and the Beautiful return. Let’s set the record straight. There’s been buzz that you kinda screwed GH by leaving so quickly for B&B that they didn’t have time to write your character a proper send-off. People had some crazy perceptions of what went down. “Machiavellian Hearst dumps GH for B&B!” Here’s the truth of the matter. I was placed on recurring status and I was a gun for hire but still in the middle of a story with GH. I auditioned for some pilots and the season finale of CSI: New York. Then, lo and behold, one day I’m sitting at home and I overhear my wife talking on the phone for 5 or 10 minutes to somebody named Brad — and I’m thinking, “Well, that’s it. She’s found somebody else. The marriage is over.” Suddenly, she hands me the phone and says “Honey, it’s [B&B executive producer] Brad Bell.” He called you direct with the offer? No middleman? Brad just cuts through all the bull and goes right to the person. He’s just so up and so positive. He said, “I heard the news” and asked if I’d like to come back. It all happened so fast. [GH head writer] Bob Guza really had to move to get me out. There wasn’t time to really do anything. Ric just gets in an elevator with an “I’ll be back” —full-on Terminator-style. It was so crazy. I walked out the door at GH on May 21 and reported for work at B&B the very next day. In one way, it was like being shot out of a friggin’ cannon. In another way, it was like coming home. It was such a nice, easy transition. [Laughs] Let’s face it, it’s not a big stretch. I’m going from a fast-talking, scheming attorney to a fast-talking, scheming publicist. 17 Responses MandaPanda1331 June 8, 2009 Sorry but this is GH’s loss… he is such a talented actor and deserved a better storyline on GH. I’m anxious to see how he exits. Log in to Reply josser June 8, 2009 Why would Hearst owe GH anything? They fired him, dropping him to recurring. Hearst is married and has a family. Why shouldn’t he take a contract role that will feed his family and pay the mortgage? If GH experienced any hiccups, they hurt themselves. Congratulations to Rick Hearst! Log in to Reply brimike June 8, 2009 What a class act. Fantastic interview. Love this man! Log in to Reply troymcclure June 8, 2009 Any chance he can stop by Springfield just for a couple of episodes? Please I want A-M back! Log in to Reply GH LOVER June 8, 2009 This is really a shame for GH They lost a really good actor for what??? For Ethan and Rebecca ?????????????????? I hope all the best for him he really deserve to be on a show that respect him enough that will give him a big role GOOD LUCK RICK Log in to Reply JasonMorganIsAHottie June 8, 2009 I hope Rick Hearst rocks it at the B&B, he’s a very talented actor! Log in to Reply curacaoman June 8, 2009 Good for him! He deserves much better than Pitbull Ric. Log in to Reply dellygrim June 8, 2009 meh, tough luck. That’s what happens when actors are put on recurring. It gives tptb a taste of what it’s like for soap actors who can be spit out unceremoniously every 13 weeks of a multi year contract. Log in to Reply JaSamLover June 8, 2009 I wish he was going to a different soap. I definitely think he deserves better than GH, but I can’t stomach B&B. And I really enjoy watching Rick Hearst. It’s such a shame waht happened to his character. They should have let Sonny or Jason kill him one of the thousand times they threatened to so he could at least go out in a blaze of glory. Log in to Reply McD720 June 8, 2009 GH is so dumb for losing an actor of Rick’s caliber. One of my first soap memories was seeing him debut as Alan-Michael when I was 6 years old. I have loved him ever since. He deserved so much better than the treatment he got at GH. I hope the Bells can spare him for a couple days and he can hop over to GL for the end. One last goodbye from Alan-Michael(which I think is his signature role). It’s the same network…make it happen. PLEASE! Log in to Reply sonyab1974 June 8, 2009 , one day I’m sitting at home and I overhear my wife talking on the phone for 5 or 10 minutes to somebody named Brad — and I’m thinking, “Well, that’s it. She’s found somebody else. The marriage is over.” ================================= ROFL ROFL! He has a great sense of humor. Log in to Reply sueboo54321 June 8, 2009 Sonny and Jason letting Rick live after him doing so many things against them is one of the many reasons why they should not focus on the mob. They do not do it well. I like Rick Hearst but Rik Lansing was just a cartoon character. He deserved so much more. He can act circles around the rest of the cast. I will miss the actor but not the character. Log in to Reply nathan77 June 8, 2009 That really was a good interview with Rick. He seems like a humble nice guy, and respects the soap genre. I remember when he won his first Emmy for his role as Alan-Michael. And he was just so giddy and happy on that stage. I also enjoyed reading his thoughts about his time working on GL, with one of the greats, Beverlee McKinsey. I can’t stand the Sonny and Jason Hour, aka, General Hospital. But I will tune into B&B to see Rick on there. Log in to Reply GH LOVER June 8, 2009 Yeaa If Rick leave they should have let Jason kill his character cos that will be a big exit story that he deserve …. we all know that Rick won’t come back… and to tell you the truth I don’t think he should … Log in to Reply kiyote72 June 8, 2009 i will be following him to B&B. Log in to Reply podcastjunkie June 9, 2009 So Jason didn’t get a chance to kill him eh? I know he’ll be dissappointed. Well G.H.’s loss, they still haven’t really even mentioned it on the show yet, not that i’ve noticed anyhow. Log in to Reply soapoperafan June 9, 2009 I really had hoped that Rick would return to GL to help Philip take down Alan. He was the best Alan-Michael! Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.