After a shocking turn of events that left soap fans stunned worldwide, Ronn Moss has finally given his first interview since his decision to exit the role of Ridge Forrester after 25 years on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Moss opened to EW.com about his rationale, if salary issues where the main factor in his stepping away from daytime, his final tape day, Susan Flannery’s choice to exit, and how he will be written-off the show and much more! Here are just a few of the interesting excerpts from the interview below!
Moss on if salary issues and taking a pay cut where part of the issue for his decision to leave B&B: “Yes, a piece of the whole thing, and it all showed me I need to move forward, not backwards, and I’ve been doing this for 25 years. How many shows — how many jobs — last that long? I felt that I needed to go in this new direction to give myself the chance to do all the creative things that I haven’t had a chance to do in 25 years, because I’ve dedicated so much of my life to this. That’s what I want the fans to hear, how dedicated I am to them. I wouldn’t have done it all this time if I wasn’t dedicated. It’s not just a job! I could do lots of other jobs. I had music, I had lots of other acting things.”
Moss on his last day on the set with long time scene-partner Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke): “That last day was very strange. It was strange with everybody because most everybody was in, and everybody was trying to hold it together. I was desperately trying to hold it together. We’re all on that stage, and we’re all raw, and we’re all right on that edge of stuff — because of the job we do. Katherine Kelly Lang, most of all, that’s who I was probably most concerned with because she’s the love of my life in more ways that just the show. She’s been with me through thick and thin — we’ve been with each other for so long that that’s the longest-running relationship that I’ve ever had. We literally had to stand in front of each other and just pretend that we weren’t there. We couldn’t look each other in the eye. We were trying to be professional, but it was hard to be professional. She starts rehearsal on the first scene and falls apart. Then I see another girl fall apart. It’s everything we can do to keep it together. It was one of the most emotional days we’ve ever had.”
Moss on if he would be upset if the show decides to recast the role of Ridge: “I don’t know if I really want to say because it’s not up to me. If it was up to me, I would say, “Let me have that as the legacy. Let me make that 25 years worth what I thought it was.” But it’s out of my hands.”
Moss on if he thinks his send-off with another Brooke/Ridge wedding and then honeymoon is the right ending for him as Ridge: “It would be nice to have it that way, but it’s executive producer, Brad Bell‘s show, and he can do what he wants. I wish him luck, and I want all good things to come to everybody who’s there. I want the show to thrive and prosper and go on to new heights. I hope they do. I hope everything works out. But I cannot dictate how things are going to be. I just don’t know. It’s one of those unknown things.”
Moss on Susan Flannery’s (Stephanie) decision to exit B&B as well: “I had already known that, and the reason that my leaving got broadcast out was because Susan had blurted out on stage that we were both leaving last week. I knew that, and I knew that she was considering doing this. I think she’s doing it sooner than she even was thinking, but I think that says something. I’ll leave it there because I have to. I can’t really comment on that because her path is there now, too.”
What do you think of Ronn’s comments on his decision to exit? The last day on the set for him and Katherine Kelly Lang? And, how Ridge as of now appears to be written-out of the show? Weigh-in!