Rick Hearst: “The Truth of the Matter”

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

  1. Profile photo of josser

    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!

  2. Profile photo of GH LOVER

    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


  3. Profile photo of dellygrim

    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.

  4. Profile photo of JaSamLover

    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.

  5. Profile photo of McD720

    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!

  6. Profile photo of sonyab1974

    , 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. :)

  7. Profile photo of sueboo54321

    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.

  8. Profile photo of nathan77

    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.

  9. Profile photo of GH LOVER

    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 …

  10. Profile photo of podcastjunkie

    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.

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