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35 August 22nd, 2012 UPDATE: Susan Flannery To Exit The Bold and the Beautiful in December!

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In the is she leaving or staying reports surrounding the impending departure of The Bold and the Beautiful mainstay Susan Flannery, new information came to light today that the four-time Daytime Emmy winning actress is indeed saying goodbye to her role as Stephanie Forrester after over 25 years on the CBS soap.

TV Line has now reported that Flannery and B&B have parted ways amicably, at that Susan did indeed sign a short-term extension of her current contract that will allow series head writer and executive producer, Brad Bell to spin an “amazing” exit storyline.

So now look for Flannery and her soap alter-ego Stephanie Forrester,  to appear on-screen for the final time at some point in December.

So that begs the question soapers:  How would you like to see Stephanie Forrester exit the canvas?  “Killed-off”? Presumed dead? Leaving on her own accord?  Disappearing?  Let us know what you think would be a good story arc for her departure! 

All we can add is that daytime will miss the incredible talents of Susan Flannery, one of the true greats of the genre!

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  1. Gman says:

    She deserves so much more than a run of the mill plane went down but the body is never found type of scenario. I think she should realize that she’s done all she feels she can do in LA, and strike out across the country, using her money and knowledge to help the homeless.


  2. Jill says:

    She can’t make up her mind what she wants to do. I’ve heard this before. I’ll believe it when I see it.


  3. bc says:

    I only skim recaps of B&B especially w/ these exits. It’s great that they axed Frantz and that Moss is exiting bec he’s horrid. I don’t care abt anyone leaving B&B bec it’s a dumb soap. Maybe Flannery got annoyed that everything is abt Steffy and Liam and Hope. That’s probably a factor w/ Moss’s exit. The ego of Ronn must have been hurt when Ridge was pushed to the sidelines for Liam. I don’t care abt Stephanie but hopefully they violently kill her. They should violently kill Donna and especially Amber and especially Pam and especially Liam and especially Ridge and especially Katie while they’re at it.


    jsb replied

    bc…really? Your personal life must be really horrid that you have so much time to bitch.


  4. linda says:

    Stephanie will sorely be missed. I hope you give her a send-off fit for the queen that she is. Maybe since they never officially killed off Sally Spectra, that could fit into Stephanie’s departure somehow.


  5. ricardo says:

    wow so much drama is she staying or leaving. finally we got the answer tonight. i am going to miss susan flannery as stephanie. honestly they should recast the role for a really really good actress. my suggestions are number 1 erika slezak, 2. marj dusay. 3 linda dano. but my number 1 choice would be erika slezak ex viki one life to live. please producers listen to me and recast stephanie.


  6. Chris says:

    Maybe Stephanie will die from her cancer, and that’s how she will make her exit from the show! :-(


    Sonya replied

    I think this will be the best exit for her. She is not one who would abandon her family and go off and dissapear. Her cough was an indication that her cancer has returned and she will be terminal.


    Sonya replied

    She has not had any good storylines in some time now. It is all about Stephi, Liam and Hope. This storyline is getting so tiring, that I don’t even watch it anymore. This is showing girls around the world that they should be doormats to men who can’t make up their mind. Women who accept crumbs from men.

  7. toscanti says:

    I hope they end her story much like they did when Darlene Conley (Sally Spectra) died and just have Stephanie going around the world enjoying life with Sally Spectra.


  8. willy garza ( partywill ) says:

    Susan Flannery thank you for entertaining us for all these years .
    Its been a delight watching you perform as #StephanieForester
    We loyal fans will miss you .. ** TEARS *
    I know we never met but it feels like losing a close dear friend.
    We respect your decision .
    I am honored to host
    #StephanieForesterNight dedicated to U and your many fans
    next week via Twitter / Fb.
    @partywill Twitter

    I write FanFics , so in some way your character never fades..
    Their is an engagement this fall in my FF
    that has Stephanie front burner as she protects her
    grandaughter Steffy .

    My exit for Stephanie ..

    As the days in L.A. grow chillier by the minute as holidays quickly die down ,
    The Foresters gather around to celebrate their festive season.
    The family is greeted by a mysterious man from Stephanie’s past.
    They immediately get upset as Stephanie urges everybody to
    excuse her as she attends to a private matter.

    The family and guests are left to ponder queshtions

    Meanwhile ..
    The mysterious stranger alerts Stephanie her days are numbered.
    ” How long do I have ?” asks Stephanie bracing herself for
    the worst .
    ” Less than a week tops .. your life and those you hold dear
    to your heart ..are in danger unless you vanish like we discussed many years
    ago that if the situation presented itself , we would protect you even at the cost of you
    never seeing your family again.

    Stephanie sighs ..
    ” I have survived many obstacles in my life ..
    Brooke Logan and the Logan Legacy ..
    Sheila Carter the nanny from hell..
    The countless fashion wars between
    Sally Spectra and myself ..
    The heartwrenching death of our beloved
    Phoebe ..
    The loss of my mother..
    The awful cancer ..
    But even I know when I must accept my blessings and
    remain protective of my family !
    ** tears slowly streak Stephanie’s face **
    I vow by next week..
    The world will only ponder the existence of
    Stephanie Forrester ! ”

    The mystery man knods ..
    ” So it is said , so must it be done ..
    For the sake of your children , husband , enemies ,
    even grandchildren we will stage your elaborate death so that the man
    who once tried to kill you when you were very young in your teens and testified against
    will no longer be able to hurt you nomore ! ”

    The man exits ..
    Everybody asks..
    ” Stephanie .. who was that guy ?! ”
    Stephanie smiles..
    ” My guardian angel ”

    Snowflakes fall …


    Sandy D replied

    I love that!


  9. prunhild says:

    I wish her the best as private person! But for her so allknown great role for over 25 years it is a big kick in the face, for me as longtimeviewer and longtime Susan-Fan,too, i can not believe, that STEPHANIE ” LA FORRESTER” is portrayed now as BFF with her biggest enemy she ever had, BROOKE! The last years i was begging and hopping that we get back LA GRAND DAME who gaves it hard to the familywhore, but this soap becomes a farce and LOganshow more and more. i doubt, when SF leaves and BELL is StILL not giving fanbases a more homogen show, not this unbalanced LOganwinnershow. Many fans will left i bet: all the NO-LOgan-fans are sick and tired! you should read more on www, bell! So, go, Susan and enjoy yours life, while for me only leaves to say: 25 years and in the end the fight against LA HO was wasted time….


  10. AJ Waldman says:

    It would be the most realistic and poignant story if she dies from lung cancer. Let her go out fighting the good fight, but ultimately the message is that cancer is a killer and all the money in the world cannot save you when the time is up. Before she goes, Stephanie can prepare her family, arrange for the philanthropies she wants to receive her fortune and then die with dignity…but the victim of a cruel disease.


  11. BETTYEJ says:

    This is the end for me. First Ronn, now Susan, after putting up with KKL and all the Logan’s for years, this is it! Brad has disrespected Hunter Tylo and her on screen family, put Thorne in the basement for life and got RJ in the closet, is just a little too much.


  12. mo says:

    Awful news. I wish she could stay and just make occasional appearances. Not actually leave!!!! I don’t want Steph killed. Maybe she can join Sally on trips around the world.


  13. Rodd says:

    Have her join Sally on an around-the-world-humanitarian-tour.


  14. Benjaman says:

    I can’t imagine B&B without Stephanie. She is truly the heart (albeit misguided at times) of the show. I sincerely hope that her final storyline is something worthy of the character.


  15. Jules says:

    One of the most talented broads out there. I know she loves B&B and this is probably a personal decision rather than a professional or financial one. Boy oh boy has she earned her retirement.

    No matter how they write her out (hoping it isn’t death, though wouldn’t be surprised if it is and it’s related to her cancer) I know she’ll always come back for a cameo here and there like Jerry Douglas on Y&R.

    She has set the standard for professionalism and for talent in this industry. Though we are fortunate to have several exceptional actresses, there has never been and will never be another like her.

    And before this starts to sound like a eulogy (G-d forbid!), I’ll just say thanks to Ms Flannery for her hard work, loyalty and leadership for nearly 40 years in this wonderful industry.


    fluffyboy replied

    Nearly 40 years? Susan started on Days over FORTY years ago. She was the beautiful Laura Horton (Jennifer’s mom) on Days Of Our Lives.


    Jules replied

    She started on DAYS in 1966 and left in 1975 – 9 years.
    She’s been on B&B since 1987 – 25 years.
    That’s a total of 36 years.
    37 if you count 1 year on Dallas.

    So yes, NEARLY 40 years. I did the math, thanks.

  16. john Truisi says:

    Brad bell will kill stephanie off but she will come back as a ghost every three months.On her last show she will look into the camera and say “I will be back soon”.


  17. MK says:

    Maybe she will have a stroke again and live with the Homeless (again)


  18. lavenderblue says:

    Please end ur rolde as missing..that way it is left open for her return ..We need stephani … please get her to stay……… wont be the same…without her..


  19. Rob says:

    Who can blame her, the show is unrecognizeable and they have backburnered just about everyone for the relentlessly awful Hope/Liam/steffy saga.

    This show has maybe two years left before its cancelled if they keep this up.


  20. Scott says:

    This show is so becoming a sinking ship. Losing Ronn Moss and now Susan Flannery… I wouldn’t be surprised if CBS pulled the plug tomorrow.


  21. Iakovos says:

    If this is the end of Stephanie Forrester, then thank you Susan Flannery for being the foundation of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. You had some kick-butt storylines and you always made even the sorriest plot points sparkle some by your talent and presence.

    I am not sure what I want to happen to Stephanie Forrester — I wish Miss Flannery much post-sopa success — but have to wonder if her passing is indeed the best way to go. If she dies, will Ridge not be present? That would not be right.

    I pray we will be allowed a respite from the inane Liam-Hope-Steffy triangle for a good part of fall to enjoy an emotional sendoff and marvel the last time at Miss Flannery’s work.

    Maybe the departures of Ronn Moss and Miss Flannery in some strange way will energize and renew B&B to the sharp soap I enjoyed fully in its early years and still see glimpses of today.


  22. Patrick says:

    I think their should be a murder/suicide.

    Momma Forrester… buries, both Brooke and Taylor… and queen mum in the middle…

    All three wearing Queen Mums Infamous “pants” suits.



  23. R.P Johnson says:

    Michael, thank you for providing a forum for people to discuss their favorite/least favorite characters and storylines. It amazes me that people spend so much time watching their favorite soaps and then spend more time trashing them. At a time when soaps need all of the positive feedback they can get, I wish soap fans would realize that writing negativity is doing nothing to help these shows survive. Obviously, some people should remember the old saying “If you don’t have something nice to say than don’t say anything at all. I do not watch “B&B,” but when two major characters depart that are such a part of the legacy of the show, it will be felt for a long time to come. I am not sure “DOOL” has been able to regain the same magic with John and Marlena. In my opinion, soap fans need to keep it more positive because I am sure “All My Children,” “One Life To Live,” “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light” fans would still love the have the opportunity to see their favorites every day.


  24. Matt says:

    A nuStephanie and a nuRidge at the same time would not be a good combination. I think we’ll see a new face as Ridge first and maybe after he gets settled they’ll bring Stephanie back with a new actress. Would love to see Erika Slezak!


    Scott replied

    They’d NEVER recast Stephanie, that’s like recasting Victor Newman or recasting other icons. It’s something that would never ever happen in the world.


  25. Paulee says:

    Bump her ass off. Let her be the one to send Ridge away because of some terrible lie she told him and let Brooke discover the truth about what it was and then have Brooke in a fit of rage accidentally shoot her and bump her off.

    Then let Brooke get off of a murder charge by claiming temporary insanity.


  26. Ali Wick says:

    If Susan Flannery is deciding, to leave I would think at that point. That maybe she will be on the hospital again, and will loose her battle of cancer. With loved ones around her, cause she’s a huge part of this show, of made this show. That’s why she needs to be, with loved ones, when she dies. Then that will bring Ridge back. For sure but not as a recast. And returns as a ghost, for someone who can see her. That would be interesting to watch. Probably Brooke. Their relationship which grew with the, show and made the stories, that they are now. Or she could loose her battle, with the people that made the show. Brooke and Eric, and Ridge. Right beside her.


  27. Ruth says:

    I do not usually follow such blogs, but saught this out as I have enjoyed Susan’s acting for many years and wantd to say she will be sorely missed and I hope they use her exodus as a time of reflection and give her a graceful exit that befits such a classu lady.


  28. Cheryl says:

    Susan you will be dearly missed. When I saw you in the Towering Inferno and on the B & B I admired you.


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