Bad news soap fans, one of the biggest names on one of the most popular daytime dramas is leaving his show after 25 years. Ronn Moss, one of the original castmembers of The Bold and the Beautiful is reportedly leaving the show in the wake of a contract dispute. As you may know, daytime dramas have been going off the air due to financial problems and at this point, there are only 4 daytime soap operas left on US TV. The Bold and the Beautiful has been one of the most popular daytime dramas on all networks and continues to forge ahead successfully … but only because they’ve been able to cut back on their budget. Apparently, budget cutbacks have resulted in the inability for Ronn Moss to stay part of the cast :(
After more than two decades on The Bold and the Beautiful, Ronn Moss is leaving the CBS soap where he’s played fashion magnate Ridge Forrester since the show’s 1987 inception, EW has learned exclusively. The exact details are unclear, but an insider tells EW that Moss elected not to renew his contract over salary issues. Moss could not be reached for comment. Production company Bell Phillip Television confirmed the exit. “Ronn has spent an amazing 25 years with B&B,” a rep for Bell Phillip said in a statement. “We will always consider him family, and we wish him only the best in all of his future endeavors.” Moss was one of the so-called “core four” on Bold, referring to the foursome of original actors still on the show, including Susan Flannery as Stephanie Forrester, John McCook as Eric Forrester, and Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan. Moss will shoot his final scenes for The Bold and the Beautiful this Tuesday, Aug. 14, and his last episode will air on a yet-to-be-determined date in September. (As a bit of hope for you fans out there: Big soap stars can — and sometimes do — return after leaving.) It’s no secret that times have been tough for the genre lately, as just four daytime soaps — Bold, The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital — remain on network television. Moss’ pay issue undoubtedly goes back to the stark reality that, as daytime viewers continue to choose alternatives like cable programming and talk shows, soap operas don’t attract the same kind of audience they once did. For the week ending Aug. 3, Bold drew 3.1 million viewers, putting it in second place behind genre leader The Young and the Restless. Still, Bold is considered to be the most profitable sudser in daytime because of its success internationally, with 26.2 million worldwide viewers. That huge international audience has made Moss a star around the world, exemplified by his second-place finish on Italy’s version of Dancing with the Stars in 2010 and an orange juice television advertisement in Australia, where he is particularly popular.
This is really sad news, whether or not you’re a fan of B&B, it marks another step forward toward the ultimate demise of all daytime soap operas here in the US. My mom was a big fan of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful (which is a Y&R spinoff) so I’ve been somewhat a fan of both series since childhood. It’s really surprising that B&B can so easily let go of one of it’s original core four castmembers. I messaged Katherine Kelly Lang, the actress who plays Brooke Logan Forrester (Moss‘s fictional wife on the show) to ask her what she thought of Ronn‘s exit and this is what she had to say:
Clearly there is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes and, as Lang says, it’s more than we know. I fear that Moss‘s exit will lead to more exits down the line. It’s only a matter of time before the last 4 soap operas come to an end, changing the face of daytime TV … for the worse. This may not be of much interest to some of you but I think it’s really significant that daytime soap operas here in the US will one day soon be gone forever.