Joe LoCicero‘s nearly two-year run as Vincent “Vinny” Walker on “The Bold and the Beautiful” came to a brutal end on the Tuesday, April 6 episode of the CBS drama series when the character succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a car being driven by Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton). What’s being billed as a murder mystery storyline, in that Liam’s father, Bill Spencer (Don Diamont), covered up the evidence of an accident so as to protect his son from prosecution, will come to bite the Spencers, Forresters and the Logans in the butt when Deputy Chief Bradley Baker (Dan Martin) begins to investigate Vinny’s death starting with the Wednesday, April 14 episode.
Fans will recall that Vinny switched the test results so that Liam would be revealed to be the father of Steffy Forrester’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) child and not Finn Finnegan’s (Tanner Novlan), only for everyone to later learn the real truth and the establishment of many suspects wanting to get even with the now-deceased lab technician.
In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, LoCicero spoke with the publication about his exit from the soap and whether fans can expect to see him back on the show, albeit via flashbacks, if necessary.
“I’ve loved playing this character,” LoCicero told Digest. “I had a lot of fun working with Matt [Atkinson, Thomas]. We always had a good time with our scenes. It was just a joy,” the actor revealed as we learn that he received notice of his character’s demise just a few episodes before filming courtesy of executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell. “Brad gave me a heads up a couple of episodes before, which was cool of him to do,” LoCicero notes. “It wasn’t a lot of notice because they wanted to keep the story a secret. I actually didn’t know that Vinny switched the paternity test results until, like, two days before that episode. They wanted it to be such a big secret that they didn’t even tell me [laughs].”
Married in real-life to “Jane the Virgin” star and former “B&B” actress Gina Rodriguez (ex-Beverly), who played a Forrester intern on the soap for a brief period from 2011-2012, LoCicero shared that his wife enjoyed watching the show right alongside her hubby as they took in his scenes together. Meanwhile, fans hoping to see him back on the show in the near future might have a long wait, if at all.
“I do believe I’m done filming but it is a soap opera so anything is possible,” the actor says of his completing filming at the Television City studio where the soap is produced. “Of course I’d come back to ‘Bold’ if they asked me. I’d play anything. I love that place, and if other soaps are like that, then I’d love to play on other daytime soaps, for sure.”
For more on LoCicero’s exit from “The Bold and the Beautiful” and his experience working on the soap, make sure to pick up the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, on newsstands now.