CBS Daytime's 30-minute sudser is about to be Hope-less. Kim Matula has opted to vacate the popular, central role of Hope Logan Spencer.
Word is the blonde beauty has been making noise about wanting to focus on primetime and film for some time. Matula assumed the role of the SORASed daughter of fashion plate Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) and her ex-son-in-law Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) in 2010.
Showrunner Brad Bell proved a master of archetype by having the daughters of mortal enemies Brooke Logan and Dr. Taylor Hayes (Hunter Tylo) inherit their penchant for squabbling over the same men. Opposite Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, who portrayed Taylor's daughter Steffy Forrester until 2013, Matula drove many of B&B's frontburner tales over the past four years.
At the center of the Hope vs. Steffy feud for much of its run was Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton), long-lost son of ruthless publishing tycoon Dollar Bill (Don Diamont). When MacInnes Wood left to pursue other opportunities, the show brought on Days of Our Lives grad Darin Brooks as Liam's half-brother Wyatt. B&B quickly re-centered the "A "story triangle with two guys fighting over the girl, as opposed to two girls scratching one another's eyes out over the boy.
Currently, Hope finds herself pregnant with a baby everyone assumes is Wyatt's, and contending with her unstable mother-in-law Quinn (Rena Sofer). Meanwhile, Liam is attempting to move on with Steffy's brunette, lookalike step-cousin from Australia, Ivy Forrester (Neighbour's Ashleigh Brewer).
The Bold and the Beautiful confirmed news of Matula's exit on Twitter.
I'll be sad to see Matula go. She's grown into quite the consummate leading lady during her time on B&B.
The good news for the international hit serial is, the messy entanglements of step-brothers Rick (Jacob Young) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), and the varying women in their lives, are causing plenty of heat in the bedrooms and boardrooms of the soap's highly-fictional version of Los Angeles.
Do you think B&B should quickly recast Hope, or should they rest the character for awhile? Sound off in the comments!