The Bold and the Beautiful's Brad Bell Reacts to Ronn Moss' Exit: "It Came Out of The Blue"

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Was The Bold and the Beautiful showrunner Brad Bell just as stunned as fans when he learned of Ronn Moss' (Ridge) decision to quit the serial? That's what the Hollywood scion told TV Guide's Michael Logan.

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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.




Following a bit of prodding from Logan, Bell went on to admit he had a contingency plan in place, should Moss—who was in contract negotiations—have decided not to renew. Said 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.

To find out just exactly what Bell's post-Ridge plan for B&B is, if he will recast, how all of this will impact the character of Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) and if Scott Clifton (Liam) supplanting Moss as the serial's leading man played a role in his decision to leave, click here