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Brad Bell Gives The 411 on Susan Flannery's Bold and Beautiful Exit

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Break out your hankies, kids. The moment The Bold and the Beautiful fans have been dreading is finally happening. Susan Flannery will take her final bow as overprotective fashion matriarch Stephanie Forrester this December. Showrunner Brad Bell spoke with TV Guide’sMichael Logan about how he's writing out the legendary actress and character. 

TV Guide Magazine: Was it always the plan to use Stephanie's lung cancer as a way to write Susan off the show?

Bell: Susan has been talking about leaving us for a while now, but I knew that I could go into the cancer plot and come out of it two ways. Stephanie could survive it, or we could take the story to an unfortunate end. We will try to do justice to the disease itself, playing it honestly and accurately, but the primary goal is to honor both Susan and Stephanie and to give anyone who watches something beautiful to keep with them for a long time to come.

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Bell also opens up about Flannery's demeanor on the set as her time winds down.

TV Guide Magazine: So far, Susan has chosen not to give interviews about her departure. How is she handling this?

Bell: Susan will not allow herself to get sad about this, to be traipsing around the set in tears. Like Stephanie, she is not that kind of woman.

To find out which Forrester kids will come home for Stephanie's endgame, click here!