Ronn Moss, Quintessential Soap Star, Quits ‘Bold and Beautiful’

The one and only "Ridge Forrester" -- Ronn Moss in "The Bold and the Beautiful" (Photo: CBS)

One of daytime TV’s most legendary leading men, Ronn Moss, has quit “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Moss, 60, was one of four original members of the “B&B” cast who had been on the CBS series since its inception in 1987.

But Moss, who played fashion magnate Ridge Forrester on the long-running serial, has decided to leave the show over contract issues, according to Entertainment Weekly, which broke the story this weekend here.

Moss was apparently in negotiations over a new contract and facing a reduction in salary, which is not uncommon these days as audiences, and the number of soaps still on the air, continue to decline.

The actor was not quoted in the EW story, but there is a statement confirming his exit, from the company that produces the soap, Bell Philip Television. “Ronn has spent an amazing 25 years with ‘B&B’,” the statement said. “We will always consider him family, and we wish him only the best in all of his future endeavors.”

The EW story says Moss will shoot his final scenes this Tuesday (Aug. 14). The episode will air sometime in September.

Watch Ronn Moss in a recent episode of “B&B”:
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The EW story notes that “B&B” is the second highest-rated soap on TV these days, averaging 3.1 million viewers for the week that ended Aug. 3. “The Young and the Restless,” also on CBS, is TV’s top-rated soap.

Now, only three original cast members of “B&B” remain: Susan Flannery (playing Stephanie Forrester), John McCook (Eric Forrester) and Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan).

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