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40 November 6th, 2016 Scott Clifton Reveals Theory On Why The Bold and The Beautiful’s Love Triangles Are So Successful!

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This past Thursday at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, in the continued celebration of CBS Daytime’s 30 years at #1 and their exhibit on display through November 27th, stars of The Bold and the Beautiful, along with EP and head writer, Brad Bell participated in a panel moderated by TV Guide’s Michael Logan.

Participating in the panel event were: Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Heather Tom (Katie), Karla Mosley (Maya), Jacob Young (Rick), Scott Clifton (Liam), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), Darin Brooks (Wyatt), John McCook (Eric), Don Diamont (Bill) and Alley Mills (Pam).  At the beginning of the event a clip package was shown illustrating the love stories, triangles, and moments from the series, followed by a reading of the first episode of the series.  It was read on-stage with all the cast members and Brad Bell playing the parts.

During the Q&A session, Logan begun to touch upon the wildly popular success and soap staple of The Bold and the Beautiful; that of their storied love triangles.  From Bill/Brooke/Ridge, to Wyatt/Steffy/Liam, to Hope/Liam/Wyatt, and on and on, and on.   When the question of why this hallmark of the show continues to work so well, it was Scott Clifton who weighed-in on the topic and nailed it on the head.

Scott Clifton on the success of B&B love triangles: “You can almost pick any love triangle, and almost every time divide our entire audience in half in who they support, and now with social media it’s even easier to see.  We can see it from a birds-eye view.   You can have two fans who look at the exact same scene and in the same context, and come away with two wildly different interpretations.  I don’t think that is an accident.  There is a formula and a design that allows the audience to use their imaginations and fill in the blanks, and insert their own ethics, and their own morality, and their own spin on what they are seeing.  I think that contributes to the success of these triangles, and as Brad Bell was saying, ‘there is an inherent morality’ (to the characters), and I think that’s true.  You can watch any scene and you can see both characters as the good guy, and I think that’s rare.”

So, do you agree with Scott Clifton’s assesement of why B&B fans continually invest in the show’s triangles and are drawn in by them?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Kelly says:

    I disagree, I thoroughly dislike the triangles. They would be interesting occassionally, but this thing of never, ever having a happy couple for more than a couple of weeks gets tiring. Just my opinion

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    Karen replied

    I totally agree, these triangles get old. Same storyline over and over.

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  2. ccc says:

    B & B is only known for love triangles and flashbacks every day. I’ve been watching for nine years now. Same repeated stories just a different day. How may times can Nicole go thru her gut-wrenching dilemma of having another baby for Maya and Rick?
    How many times does Brooke & Bill dream about their romance which includes the balloon ride? How many times has Steffy been shown walking toward Liam in her gown and cowboy boots? Oh yeah, let’s not forget about the Quinn and Eric flashbacks. You can easily not watch it for a month or more and not miss much but the same repeated nonsense. All the soaps I have watched over the years, none has ever used used so many flashbacks as a waste of not using new dialogue in the show.

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    soapqueenforever replied

    I’m with you. If I see Steffie in her wedding gown one more time I will be screaming from kingdom come. The flashbacks are such a waste. They have so many wonderful actors on that show that they push aside to show the same pointless nonsense with the same couples. I loved when Maya’s family was introduced. The change was so welcomed. Would love to seecmore of Caroline with the baby, and Thomas. Maya’s baby is barely out of the womb, they really have nerve to as Nicole to do it again. Give the girl a chance to give her body a chance to recuperate. And Brooke is never going to be happy unless she is with a man. Although I thought it was a stunning gown, I had a hard time keeping a straight face at seeing Brooke of all people wearing a white gown. To me right now, the only saving grace right now is the Eric and Quinn storyline. I want to see how it plays out. If I were Eric, I would kick all of those money grubbers to the curb. He doesn’t owe them a thing. Talk about a bunch of spoiled whiners!!

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    jaybird369 replied

    soapqueenforever…A-M-E-N!!!!! More and more, Ridge works my nerves THE MOST!!!!! At this point, Ridge is nothing but an out of control, bullying and arrogant CAVEMAN…BEYOND BLECH!!!!! GIMME A BREAK ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!

    Have a good one.

    Karen replied

    You are absolutely right about the flashbacks. How many times have we seen Ridge fall out of the helicopter. Even when they were guests on the Talk they showed that clip. Or Steffy and Liam’s wedding.
    . For a 1/2 hour soap there should be no flashbacks.

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    Sandy replied

    In agree with you with the same lame and tired flashback segments and what I see at the beginning of Monday Nov 7, 2016 show, flash backs of Liam and Steffy as well as Zende and Sasha. They are running out of stuff to write for B&B characters and have to use flash back stuff for fillers as well as they have to revert back to storylines they have already been their and did.

    As I always say the beginning of the end of soaps are soon to be on their way and if not all B&B might be the first of the last 4 to go.

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    Mary SF replied

    No B&B makes too much money overseas for them to canned it– they love it in other countries– the first soap of the last four soaps to go with be Days

    Frances Mandeville replied

    I agree—the flash backs get old–the ones of Brooke & Bill and Eric and Quinn. I ‘m sorry, but I could watch Steffy & Liam all day

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    Violet Lemm replied

    OMG they are so boring. In fact I can’t name one of the young couples that I want to watch for even 30 minutes. Eric and Quinn right now are the most interesting, and Bill and any woman is fun to watch, when he’s not acting like a jerk. No wonder they are talking about cancelling in 2017.

  3. Ray says:

    I love B&B. The only complaint is that the show is not an hour long so we could see more of the characters. Scott is exactly right. I know some people are for Liam, others for Wyatt. Some are for Quinn/Eric, while others hate it. Same for Bill/Brooke. But, the show is consistent with giving each character depth, especially Katie and Quinn. I look forward to watching every day. Katherine Kelly Lang and Heather Tom are amazing.

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  4. SZima says:

    Successful? Are you kidding me? At least 90% of the comments I read online are NEGATIVE regarding the horrible “triangels’” and “quadrangle”!!!!!! I’d love to know the percentage of viewers that actually like these ridiculous, repetitive storylines!

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    davlestev1 replied

    Lol @scottclifton delusional much? I thought Quinn just did a number on only your character…obvious break from reality.

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  5. Karen says:

    He is so wrong. If it wasn’t for the Quinn and Eric story I would be done with BB. I started watching when my ABC soaps were cancelled. Any more rinse/repeat/rinse love triangles and I am just about to call it quits with Bold and the Beautiful

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    soapqueenforever replied

    I to would take a break if not for Eric and Quinn. And I have been a viewer on and off since day one.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    I agree. I think they can only afford a small cast and have to keep using these same people over and over and showing these flashbacks every time someone has a thought in their head probably saves money too. I read that Ronn Moss asked Bill Bradley not (of all the nerve) to recast Ridge. I still think it was very pompous of him , but maybe he was right, because as much as I loved this Ridge, can’t think of his name right now, on AMC, I now feel he isn’t right for the role. He’s too gruff and unkempt and is just not Ridge, but a whole new character. If that’s what they intended, it worked, but has not made too many fans happy.

  6. k/kay says:

    old days finagled were great now days who cares

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    Connie replied

    I stopped watching. Same thing over and over. Brookso needy stupid smiles. Ridge a bully. Bill ego maniac. Stephie, all knowing. Liam too gowqodie. The whole Rick and Maya, etc.. So over it.

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  7. Glenda Dixon says:

    I agree with that

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    alexis replied

    i agree too. i stopped watching it too. steffy had wyatt then she left him for liam again. and now she’s with liam again. quinn should stay out of this. and stop trying to get wyatt and steffy back together. steffy left wyatt because of quinn. wyatt should get his own girlfriends without quinn helping him. she babies wyatt alot if he doesn’t get the girl he wants he crys to his mom. liam should just go with ivy.

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  8. Becky says:

    I’m tired of these love triangles as well, Let’s see… Who is married on the show? Rick and Maya, Eric and She devil ( Quinn).. Steffy and Wyatt is headed for divorce, and that’s it with a whole lot of infidelity to top it off…. B&B has a whole lot of sharing going on, and personally I’m tired of it… These are the same stories for all the characters, they don’t even have to run lines, because the stupid roles have already been played out writers, somebody need to hold a couple of job fairs, for new writers, because the ones that you have needs to fired. They can’t even think of new stories for these characters…. It’s pitiful writing at its worst…. Just saying!!

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    alexis replied

    me too . i don’t watch it because of the love triangles and the drama between wyatt and quinn and steffy. she should just got back with wyatt and let liam move on with ivy. i think liam and ivy should be togther so won’t have to be in the drama between wyatt and quinn and steffy. leave liam alone and let him move on from you with ivy. give quinn what she wants. you and her son . steffy and liam had a long history together that was in the past . let the past go. move on from liam with wyatt . u married wyatt because u loved him steffy. in my opion u steffy should be with wyatt .

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  9. Betty williams says:

    Please give us some better storylines us old soap watchers have seen these same scences repeated with different people. Although i will still watch, just fast forward the scene s i ihave seen over and over.

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  10. Susan says:

    I have been fast forwarding through most episodes these days as you can pretty much tell what is coming out of everyone’s mouths and everything is so predictable. I am enjoying the Quinn and Eric story but everything else seems so repetitive. Looking forward to some new and exciting story lines that don’t involve the triangles.

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  11. Andrea says:

    I am agreeing with the not keeping a couple together for more than a week is getting tiresome. Brook/Ridge is so outdated. They are friends. Leave it there.

    Love that Nicole changed her mind.
    Quinn and Eric? Hmmmm

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  12. Mary SF says:

    LOL– is there any story on this show not based on a triangle– even the corporate stuff is all triangles — who should Eric put in charge Ridge or Rick? — who should run the company now that Eric is on leave– Quinn or Ridge? Who should Nicole put first Zende or Maya— I think it is the only soap formula poor Brad knows how to write—

    I only like romance triangles when as a viewer I am equally torn between the two choices– but with B&B the triangles are done to death, and characters go back and forth so many times that I stopped caring. Both Liam and Wyatt should grow a pair and tell Steffy to take a hike, she ain’t worth it guys— right now Liamt has “won” but give it enough time Steffy with be with Wyatt again– or Hope will come back and Liam will drop Steffy to be with Hope— and the fact Brad is trying to create a love triangle between Brooke/Bill and Ridge is beyond laughable— B&B is the soap version of junk food– a little at a time is okay, but a steady meal of it will make you ill..– which is why I never watch this show everyday

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  13. Rena says:

    I agree with you. Its getting boring.

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  14. Daisy Day says:

    I can’t get on the Ridge/Brooke/Bill triangle. There is huge chemistry between Brooke and Bill. No chemistry between Brooke and Ridge. Ridge always looks like he’s living under the 105 flyover. Wears the same clothes, never shaves, never washes his greasy hair which looks like it was cut by another homeless person with a dull knife.
    I love Liam and Steffy. Do not like Wyatt anymore – hook him up the Aussie from down under. I’m tired of the Rick and Maya storyline – the surrogate storyline is awful. Bring Amber back – Rick and Amber sizzled. Recast Ridge and bring back Taylor. I prefer Bill and Katie.
    Worst couple – Eric and Quinn

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    Violet Lemm replied

    What a good idea about Amber! Bring her back, yes. Seeing as how they love triangles so much, it might be fun to see her try to split Ric and Myah up. Love it!

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  15. Deb says:

    Triangles… the same ones over and over again.. are the reason I quit watching this soap. B O R I N G

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  16. Dianne says:

    I am backing off this show recently for the reasons Scott thinks it is successful! Maybe it worked for awhile, but now it’s just too much of the same old same old. The characters are too narcissistic and lacking in morals. I wish they had not done the second go round if Nicole, Zende and Sacha. I think I am done with this now !!

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  17. Edy White says:

    Liem and Stephy, Eric and Quinn, Thomas and Shasha, Brook and whoever, need I say more?

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  18. Brett says:

    What a load of crap. B&B started to slowly die the day Liam arrived and the show started to revolve around his love triangles, I don’t care about 90% of this show anymore. If they were really paying attention to fans on social media, Scott would’ve been off the show years ago and the triangles would be long ago ended.

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  19. Frances Mandeville says:

    I don’t mind the triangles, but I have to agree with the poster who thought the writers should let coupled up be happy for more than a couple of weeks. Why can’t Steffy & Liam be the “power couple”?? Maya & Rick are absolutely horrible human beings, never having to answer for anything they’ve done. I am a die-hard fan of Liam & Steffy. I read the daily re-caps, and if they are not in it, I skip it. Brooke,Katie, and Bill— in my opinion that is disgusting, and I have no interest in that triangle.
    They are sisters, and your sisters husband or ex-husband is just morally wrong. When a new couple comes on, then the writers mess it up. Deacon & Quinn were perfect together. There were no surprises–they knew the worst & the best of each other
    and accepted each other. What in the cows hill happened to the sweet romance between Ridge & Caroline?? It is crazy. Everyone knows Steffy & Liam are soul mates. They always come back together. Steffy came from Paris to reunite with Liam. Let them be happy for awhile. Maya and Rick are the only happy couple, and they deserve it the least.

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  20. Alan says:

    Triangles are a proven soap staple and more soaps should utilize them to maximum effect. That said, B&B overdoses on the triangle formula and for me never plays them to maximum effect (the object of everyone’s affection just ping-pongs back and forth between their two suitors and never settles long enough for you to invest in either coupling).

    B&B lost its appeal for me the second Sheila Carter left town for the last time (every soap needs a bad girl to stir the pot — another soap staple that all the current shows seem to have forgotten).

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    Violet Lemm replied

    That’s why I said above to bring Amber back, she’s always good for stirring the pot, and where is Deacon when you need him?

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    dante williams replied

    They mentioned Deacon on Y&R and said he left L.A. for some reason, makes me wonder what’s going on. I would love to see Amber start a rival fashion house.

  21. jaybird369 says:

    Are you kidding me?!?!? I don’t think that that Scott Clifton dude has a CLUE as to how love triangles WORK on a soap PERIOD!!!!! Example: At this point, his B&B character (Liam) is nothing but an annoying and lovesick CHEESEHEAD!!!!! And that Liam/Steffy/Wyatt CRAP-FEST of a love triangle is EVEN WORSE!!!!! NO, NO AND MORE N-O!!!!!

    Later.

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  22. dante williams says:

    I’m glad I don’t even have to write what I think because most of you feel the same way I do. I can’t stand ANY of the triangles that Liam is in and while I love Scott Clifton, I adored Hope and Liam together but that was constantly interrupted by Quinn, Wyatt, Ivy, and Steffy so that in the end they were never happy. As a result I’m no longer invested in Liam as a character because seeing him with Steffy is just ill gotten gains on her part. They keep showing her getting married to him and ignoring the part where she had Bill trap Hope on a gondola while Liam and Steffy got married, or Hope marrying that dunderhead Wyatt because Liam was two seconds late in Paris, or Hope and Liam getting married in Mexico in a wedding so beautiful in still makes me cry, and the marriage never being made legal because of Hope’s stupid whining about Steffy. They tried to use the younger generation to imitate the Brooke/Ridge/Taylor triangle which worked because it unfolded slowly and you could see why he loved both of them, and I loved Brooke and Taylor too (I just love Brooke more though;), so you could root for each side. The new generation lacks any subtlety or substance so I can’t care because I never fully liked Steffy unless she was with Bill, because he was on her level, even though he too was stolen from Katie. It’s hard to like this show period when they focus on stupid characters like Quinn and put her with Eric and no one in the universe asked for that. Yet when I beg to see characters I miss like Thorne, Taylor, Donna, Amber, Deacon, Bridget and Jackie, they are either never shown or mentioned or they show them for two seconds and they disappear. Donna was there for Brooke’s wedding after being missing for a year and a half for no good reason, pops up again and now KATIE is in a triangle with Eric and Quinn and not Donna? Wtf? That is why I don’t watch the show as passionately as I used to watch the show. I have enough disappointment in this last election that I don’t have to add on my favorite shows being unwatchable.

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  23. Colleen says:

    Please Writer leave Eric and Quinn together and let’s start Putting people together for more then 3 weeks and let’s stop The love triangle Between Sasha and Nichole

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