Since Susan Flannery announced her decision to leave The Bold and the Beautiful after more than 25 years of playing Stephanie Forrester, many had thought it was because she had decided to retire from show business entirely. But that is not so!
In a statement published in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, the Daytime Emmy winning icon wrote that she is not retiring altogether. Flannery began by referencing that the time had come for her to move on from B&B stating, “Twenty-five years was a great run. I was very lucky, but it was time to exit. It would be fun if some new and exciting role came along, but I’m also continuing to direct. I’m directing the web series, Venice starring Crystal Chappell, which is extremely popular on the net, and is beginning its 4th season. It will be my 3rd season of directing the show. There are just so many new and exciting venues. The web is busting wide open, and I’m happy to be getting in the elevator on the ground floor.”
In addition, as viewers gear themselves up for Stephanie’s goodbye party, which will be a three-day episode event starting this Friday and going into next week on B&B, CBS also revealed that Flannery’s final airdate with will be November26th! That means in less than a month, viewers will see the conclusion of Susan’s legendary run with the series.
So, what do you think of Susan’s statement? Are you sad to see her leave B&B? What role would you like to see her tackle next in her career? Let us know your thoughts!