UPDATE: “Rome Flynn has decided not to renew his contract. He has been a valued member of the ‘B&B’ family and we wish him much success in all of his future endeavors,” reads a statement issued to Soap Opera Network by the show in response to Flynn’s decision to depart the drama series.
PREVIOUS: “The Bold and the Beautiful” will soon be saying goodbye to actor Rome Flynn. The actor announced on his social media pages that he has decided to leave the soap just a little over two years since joining the cast in the contract role of Zende Forrester.
“I want to thank Brad Bell [‘B&B’ head writer and executive producer] for taking a chance on this ambitious young kid and giving me more responsibility than I knew I could take on,” wrote the actor in a prepared statement released a short time ago. “I want to thank all of the ‘B&B’ fans across the world for embracing me as your Zende Forrester. It has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life to share a piece of my self everyday with you.”
In addition to thanking Bell and the fans, the actor also highlighted his time working alongside co-star Reign Edwards (Nicole Avant). “You’re such a joy to have worked with and an amazing talent!” said Flynn of Edwards.
It’d been reported that the show recently issued a casting call for a 22 to 24-year-old black male who is leading man material. Fans quickly pondered whether the show had plans to recast the role of Zende, or a completely new character. It looks like it was the former if the call was in response to Rome’s plans to leave.
A rep for the CBS series was unavailable for comment at press time. No word on when viewers will last see Zende, as played by Rome, on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
While closing the last chapter on his time at “B&B,” fans can expect to next see Flynn on OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” in an unknown role. Earlier this year it was announced he had joined the Tyler Perry led drama series with his first appearance slated to air sometime in 2018.
You can view Flynn’s full statement on his departure below.
— Rome Flynn (@RomeTrumain) August 18, 2017
Statement on Rome Flynn B&B departure: First I want to thank Brad Bell for taking a chance on this ambitious young kid and giving me more responsibility than I knew I could take on. I want to thank all of the B&B fans across the world for embracing me as your Zende Forrester. It has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life to share a piece of my self everyday with you. I worked hard to make sure I never cheated you on work ethic or integrity of this character. Such a profound responsibility to be one of the few African Americans on daytime television, one I took serious in making sure I made you feel like you knew me. My job is to imitate life in its honesty and truest form. I hope I've done you justice. So many people to thank but I want to be specific in thanking my counter part through my time here on B&B. @reignedwards You're such a joy to have worked with and an amazing talent! They don't just give out nominations for best younger actress in a drama series 2X IN A ROW. But beyond that, you're very special to me. You helped me grow as an artist and a person. We took on portraying this young black couple in love. We worked hard on keeping it authentic and true. So many hours of work on our own. We had to be vulnerable with each other for this to last, I wanna thank you for letting me in. We laughed together, we cried together, we went to war together & that's what love is. Thank you Reigny #zencole This is not goodbye but I'll see you soon! Change is good. You must make change to make way for what God has for you. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Love, Rome Flynn aka Zendaddy Comment your favorite Zende moments below please 😪🤘🏾. @boldandbeautifulcbs @cbsdaytime @boldinsider