Deep Soap: After Departure Reports, Susan Flannery Signs New Deal With ‘Bold & the Beautiful’

'The Bold and The Beautiful's Susan Flannery (Photo: CBS)

Is Susan Flannery leaving “The Bold & the Beautiful?” Soaps In Depth reported Monday that the actress, who plays matriarch Stephanie Forrester, was leaving the show after 25 years.

Flannery has come close to leaving the show before, citing a desire to retire. The magazine stated that Flannery had signed a short-term deal to stay past her original contract expiration to allow the show’s writers time to craft an exit storyline for her character.

On Tuesday, Soap Opera Digest reports that Flannery has decided to remain with “B&B” after all — but it is unclear for how long. Executive Producer Brad Bell told the magazine, “Susan, for quite some time, was thinking she needed a break or just have some personal time… but I think it’s not so much as a disagreement between her and the show, but more Susan figuring out where she is right now and what she needs. Now, Susan is going to have an incredible time with a new storyline that we’ve never seen before; something completely unique and interesting.”

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So does the new deal and the “unique storyline” mean that Flannery has decided to remain with “B&B” for the long haul, or is this just the short-term deal and exit storyline that Soaps In Depth reported on yesterday? Stay tuned.

The reports of Flannery’s departure come on the heels of the announcement that another member of the show’s original “core four” cast member, Ronn Moss (Ridge) is leaving the show. In the past year, “B&B” has shifted from focusing on Ridge’s romantic travails — and Stephanie’s constant interference in his relationships — to the show’s younger characters.

In other daytime casting news, Nadia Bjorlin is returning to “Days of Our Lives.” Her character, opera singer Chloe, last seen in fall 2011, will next be seen on the January 4, 2013 episode of the show. Bjorlin, who admits that Chloe’s prostitution storyline during her last stint on “DOOL,” damaged the character, told TV Guide, “I have heard she’s going to come back as her old self again, the Chloe with good self-esteem, a stronger and more confident Chloe who can really stand up for herself and not be bullied.”

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