The real deal Holyfield is starting to trickle out about why Ronn Moss (Ridge) and Susan Flannery (Stephanie)are leaving The Bold and the Beautiful after 25 years. A pair of articles in the Sept. 3 issue of Soap Opera Digest reveal there's a whole lot more going on than stopped clocks and proper farewell storylines at the House of Bell!
According to Digest's moles, Moss was asked to take a "significant pay cut". Meanwhile, a source told the magazine of Flannery:
"Susan adores the younger actors and really believes they are doing a great job, but she thinks the writers are focusing too much on those characters," says a source. "She had a conversation with Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer]. It will be interesting to see if any of her words made an impression with him."
I certainly can't disagree with Flannery on B&B's youth-centric storylines. While I once found the Hope/Liam/Steffy triangle promising, the silly saga has been dreadfully repetitive for months now, making the 30-minute soap a chore to watch. That being said, B&B's target demo isn't opinionated, black male bloggers. Plus, the soap's ratings are up.
Do you think Brad Bell needs to listen to what the legendary Flannery reportedly had to say, regarding B&B's focus on not-so-electric youth? Or, should the soap scion continue to chart his own path to Women 18-34 Nielsen salvation? Sound off in the comments!