On Wednesday, August 15, Crystal Chappell (Danielle, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) published a new blog post on the “Venice: The Series” website. Her post was in regards to a tweet by former “Days of our Lives” co-star Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) that caused controversy within the daytime community.
“Chick-fil-a today!!!! Loved every bite of it;)!! Land of the free and home of the brave. Love that we all appreciate free speech, right?” said Reeves in her tweet to her followers on Tuesday, August 1.
In response to Reeves, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis, “General Hospital”) said on Twitter, “I’m all for 1st Am rights, but when you buy Chick Fil A, your $$ are going to fund hate groups that are actively attacking gay rights.”
Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher, “The Young and the Restless”) got personal via a posting on the Huffington Post. “I posted a tweet airing my disappointment in Melissa Reeves (another member of the daytime community) for aligning herself with this company [Chic-fil-A] that financially supports the furthering of hatred and bigotry. I did so because I have aligned myself with organizations like GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) and the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) and I have read too many stories of alienated LGBT kids taking their lives after relentless persecution,” Rikaart said. “Whether grown up bullies like Dan Cathy and Melissa Reeves realize it or not, they are directly or indirectly telling these vulnerable kids that there is something wrong with them, or they are somehow less than. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m certain of it,” he continued.
Since the controversy began, Reeves has not publicly spoken on the issue. According to Chappell, however, the actress has told mutual fiends that the implication of her tweet was “not what she intended.” Chappell added, “She said she saw half a tweet about Cluck Filet and thought she was supporting Free Speech. Nothing more. I thought…OK. Um….twitter fuck up? I’ve stepped into twitter convoys without really knowing what was being talked about and made a mess for myself unintentionally. Realizing after I stepped into it that I don’t at all support the person’s words I stood up for. OK….it happens. And then I asked our gay and married friends…well, why not just say that to the folks in twitter land? Was someone telling her not to? Is it work related? Ostrich in the sand syndrome? If I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist kind of thing? Blonde moment? The more time went by the more frustrated I and my friends became. It started to hurt. We all know Missy has very strong religious beliefs but the person we know and love….is NOT a bigot.”
Chappell stated that she has personally reached out to Reeves regarding the issue, and that Reeves has “decided to not speak out and hope that the people who know her will trust that she didn’t intend to support an anti-gay corporation.” The creator of “Venice” and new series “The Grove: The Series” also says, “I firmly believe she should speak…not only for the fans but for her friends.”
Responding to Rikaart’s Huffington Post article, Chappell says, “I thought it was eloquent and spot on…with the exception of calling Melissa Reeves a bully.”
To read Chappell’s full blog post on the matter, click here.
On Tuesday, August 14, Jon Hensley (ex-Holden Snyder, “As The World Turns”) tweeted, “Hi All, B&B has invited me back for a few more episodes, i shoot them next week! No details yet!”
Fans can expect to see his character, Dr. Meade, on screen again sometime in September.
For those of you attending the Saturday, August 18 book signing of “The Young and the Restless Life of William J. Bell,” with co-authors Lee Phillip Bell and Michael Maloney, along with Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, “The Young and the Restless”) and Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore, “The Young and the Restless”), who are all scheduled to attend, please take note of the following information courtesy of Barnes & Noble Ventura, which will be hosting the event.
Per a representative for the book store:
Barnes & Noble
4820 Telephone Road,
Ventura, CA 93003
In an exclusive interview with TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, Bradley Bell, Executive Producer and Head Writer of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” has revealed that he plans on recasting the role of Ridge Forrester now that Ronn Moss is departing the series after filming his final scenes later today.
Bell, who only found out that Moss opted not to renew his contract on Thursday, August 9, tells Logan that losing Moss is a “huge” deal. Ultimately he’s “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.”
For those wondering how Bell plans to write the character off the canvas, albeit temporarily, Bell says, “I went ahead and wrote a wedding for Ridge and Brooke [Katherine Kelly Lang] — a real retrospective sort of wedding that honors the characters’ 25-year relationship — and then I have them take off on a honeymoon. I’ve been in this business long enough to know I have to protect my show. The worst thing happened but at least I was prepared.” Images of what looked to be a supposed wedding popped up on Facebook on Saturday, August 11, just moments before news broke of Moss’s departure from “B&B.”
“Ridge will not be dead or presumed dead. He will just not be in the picture. I don’t want to do a presumed death because I don’t want the story that follows to be all about Ridge. This will be a Brooke story,” says Bell. “Ridge is a pivotal part of the show and he will be back in a matter of time…and probably not all that much time. I will continue writing for the character. I’m looking at this in two phases, really. There will be a period of time without Ridge, which is where some new, interesting avenues for Brooke will come into play. But at some point it will be necessary for Ridge to return to the show. Who will be playing the role at that point remains to be seen.”
According to Bell, Moss’ last airdate is scheduled for Friday, September 14.
For the full Bell interview, head on over to TV Guide‘s website.
PREVIOUS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 5:59 PM ET: According to Soap Opera Digest, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” has issued a casting call for a “new, hot guy.” According to the casting breakdown the show is seeking a “Male. Caucasian. 25-28 years old. Heart throb. Very Masculine. Edgy. Not afraid to get the job done. Bit of a cad.” It is a contract role.
Based on the description many on our SON Community Message Boards have been debating if this could actually be a recast of a current character on the soap opera or if it is truly a new character.
What Do You Think?
UPDATE, MONDAY, AUGUST 13 7:32 PM ET: Via a posting on his Facebook page, Moss has confirmed he will be attending the book signing this Saturday at Barnes & Noble.
PREVIOUS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 8:17 PM ET: On Saturday, August 18, Lee Phillip Bell (pictured right, with William J. Bell) and Michael Maloney (Soaps in Depth), co-authors of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell” will be signing copies of their book at Barnes & Noble Ventura from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM PT.
Joining the two will be “The Young and the Restless” stars Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) and Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore). “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester) is also scheduled to attend, although it is unclear at this time if he will still take part after it was recently announced he would be leaving the drama series after a reported salary dispute resulted in his contract not being renewed.
Please Note: This is a wristband event.
Ronn Moss was back on Twitter early this morning tweeting away to his nearly 40,000 followers.
“I want to make sure, without any doubt, that you guys all know how much I love you. Your support during this time and hopefully beyond is…Everything. I can’t say anything yet, but soon will explain. Hang in there with me, we have a wonderful new journey ahead of us. Try and not be sad, angry, disappointed,” Moss said over the course of several tweets. “It’s been a great run and all good things end eventually. As this door closes, others are opening I want u all to come with me through these new doors of opportunities and experience how cool it’s going to be. Have faith, b strong, I’m yours.”
In response to a fan, who tweeted him the below tribute video, Moss said, “Great clip. Thank you. Made me cry… New beginnings are happening all around us.” The video is a nearly 10 minute compilation of Moss’ work alongside Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester) and the other “core four” (aka: original cast members) of “B&B,” which includes Moss, Lang, and Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester) and John McCook (Eric Forrester).
As previously reported, Moss is expected to tape his final scenes on Tuesday, August 14 after 25 years of portraying Ridge Forrester on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Although a final airdate has not been announced, viewers can last expect to see the actor on the soap sometime in September.
After word broke on Saturday, August 11, that Ronn Moss would be departing CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” after 25 short years portraying Ridge Forrester, the actor has broken his silence on Twitter.
When @MarciaHarris7 tweeted Moss and said, “u will regret your decision to leave the show..u can’t just throw away 25 years like that. .and what about us? We don’t matter?” the actor responded to the tweet with much appreciation, but also added a cryptic message. Moss’ tweet read, “You matter so much. More than you know. Will explain soon. Please be with us. We need you more than ever. All of you. Love.” The actor gave almost the exact same response to twitter follower @katka1979, who tweeted Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester) and asked her to “please ask
@Ronn_Moss or @devindevasquez [Moss' wife] if Ronn really leaves B&B. I dont want him to leave. I cry, am sad.” Moss replied to the tweet and said, “Try not to be sad. Will explain in a couple days. Hang in there with us. We love you guys.”
What Moss (@Ronn_Moss) may be alluding to by saying he’ll explain in a couple of days is that on Tuesday, August 14, he will tape his final episodes as a contracted cast member of the drama series. He may not be able to speak openly about his reasons for leaving until his contract cycle has expired. Additionally, when CBS renewed “The Bold and the Beautiful” in November 2010, it was only a two-year deal that carried the series on the network through the upcoming 2012-2013 television season. With budget cuts expected in order to ensure the show continues beyond this coming season, it’s only logical that some drastic measures have to be made – including the loss of a major star like Moss, who reportedly refused a cut in his salary, which is the primary reason for his departure according to Entertainment Weekly.
I can’t even tell you all how much I LOVE YOU all so frickin’ much. You’re the best. The Best!!
— Ronn Moss (@Ronn_Moss) August 12, 2012
In a bit of irony, “The Bold and the Beautiful” is the only soap to increase its audience season to date (September 19, 2011 through August 5, 2012) in both households (2.4 vs 2.2) and Women 18-49 rating (1.1 vs 0.9) compared to the 2010-2011 television season (September 20, 2010 through September 18, 2011). Additionally, “B&B” went from a tie for fifth place (out of six soaps) in the key sales demo from the 2010-2011 season to a tie for second (out of four soaps) in the demo this season.
Hours after word broke that Ronn Moss would be departing “The Bold and the Beautiful,” fans of the CBS daytime drama series took to Twitter in order to share in their disappointment and they weren’t the only one’s. Moss’ on-screen partners Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester) and Hunter Tylo (Taylor Forrester) also shared with fans their feelings over the sad news of Ridge Forrester’s (Moss) upcoming departure.
In a conversation with @itsjustdouglas, who hoped she was doing okay after learning Moss would be leaving, Tylo (@TaylorMade4U) stated she was “cool with whatever Ronn feels he wants to do. He definitely has his own mind and knows where he wants his life to take him!” Meanwhile, in response to @TriciaJones10, who informed her fellow Brooke and Ridge (aka: Bridge) fans of what happened and revealed “we are all crying together!” Kelly Lang (@KatherineKellyL) agreed and said, “I am crying too! I hate this!”
According to Entertainment Weekly‘s Tanner Stransky, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” is about to lose 25 year veteran Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester) after a contract dispute between the actor and the soap opera over salary hit a snag. A rep for Bell-Phillip Television, which produces “B&B,” confirmed Moss’ exit to Weekly.
“Ronn has spent an amazing 25 years with ‘B&B,’” the rep for “B&B” said in a statement. “We will always consider him family, and we wish him only the best in all of his future endeavors.”
Moss will film his final episode on Tuesday, August 14, with his final airdate expected sometime in September.
Moss was expected to appear at Barnes & Nobles Ventura (4820 Telephone Road Ventura, CA 93003) along with “Y&R” stars Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) and Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore) on Saturday, August 18 for a book signing of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell” co-written by Soaps in Depth‘s Michael Maloney and Lee Phillip Bell. It is unclear at this time whether Moss will still be attending the event.
Since “The Bold and the Beautiful” debuted March 23, 1987 on CBS, only Moss, Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester) and John McCook (Eric Forrester) have remained part of its core cast.