2023’s Most Shocking Exits, Firings, and Passings of The Bold and the Beautiful
Can you believe 2023 is almost over, and we are heading for a new year? And you know what that means. there were a lot of comings and goings in The Bold and the Beautiful cast. Some exits were like a gentle tap on the shoulder, while others hit us like a plot twist, we never saw coming. So today, we look at the top 10 exits on the Bold and the beautiful. Let’s get into it right away.
John McCook, a true soap opera icon, not just on The Bold and the Beautiful, but in the soap opera genre as a whole, has portrayed the character of Eric Forrester for an impressive 36 years. He has been with the show since their first pilot episode on March 13, 1987. But it looks like it’s time to bid him goodbye.
In recent episodes, Eric Forrester has been facing a series of health challenges, including troubling tremors, persistent headaches, coughing blood, and a recent episode where he passed out. Despite these alarming symptoms, Eric’s focus remained on a fierce fashion designing competition with his son Ridge, ignoring his health. Now, John is said to be leaving the show, and the success party that he is throwing, is actually a farewell party for Eric to say goodbye to everyone.
In an Interview with Soap Opera Digest, John said that Eric, “wants everyone to celebrate that with him. And subconsciously, he wants them to stop seeing what he thinks they’re seeing, which is his deterioration.” That’s not all, he also said, “For me and for Jennifer Gareis , this is really our love story. That’s the story we’re telling at the same time. It’s been really wonderful for us to play our moments alone together, and to show our own vulnerabilities to each other.” The way he is talking in the past, and how it’s going to end, it leads to nothing but an end to his B & B journey, especially since most of his kids are also gathered up for the party.
Another actor who left the show in 2023 is Thorsten Kaye, who has been portraying the role of Ridge Forrester since 2013, after taking over the role from Ron Moss after his departure. If you remember, Thorsten wasn’t with us at the start of 2023. He had actually taken some time off, you know a much needed vacation, from the show since the last week of December 2022, and he was off the grid for 3 months.
Thankfully, he came back in March 2023, rocking a new hairstyle, and a shocking alliance with all time nemesis, Bill Spencer, and the FBI to take down Sheila Carter. Although it was a temporary exit, it got all the fans worried thinking it might be forever.
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Another shocking exit that gave us mixed feelings was of Anthony Turpel. Before joining Bold and the Beautiful in 2016 as the teenage Ridge Jr, son of Ridge Forrester and Brooke Logan, he guest starred on Life In Pieces. as well as the series. Comedy Bang Bang, and Henry Danger. But his journey came to an end when he decided to make his exit in 2018.
So for almost 4 years RJ was nowhere to be seen. until 2023, April. Joshua Hoffman, who previously worked on Shameless and Criminal Minds, was recast as RJ, the Forrester heir. To explain his 5 year gap, RJ was actually traveling the world as a social media influencer. Now that he is back, he was helping Eric to Sketch out his designs, and he also formed a new love interest on the show, with the new Forrester intern, Luna.
Now, this is an exit nobody saw coming at all. The literal Heartthrob, Darin Brooks, who gave life to the character of Wyatt Spencer, on Bold and the Beautiful for the past 10 years, confirmed his exit from the show back in October 2023.
On a heartfelt Instagram Post, Brooks mentioned his absence from the show’s credits, and explained that, after 10 incredible years, it’s time to bid farewell to Wyatt Spencer, but not necessarily a permanent goodbye—more of a “bye for now.” Brooks extended his thanks to Brad Bell, the show’s creator, for the life-changing opportunity and expressed his love and appreciation for him, and the rest of the cast and crew.
Reflecting on the experiences, trips, memories, and friendships built during his time on the show, Brooks also said that they would always hold a special place in his heart. He wrote, “To the Spencer men, Scott and Don, you’re like family to me in real life so I’ll see ya soon off set. “ Lastly, he also can’t wait to see what the world holds for him. While we will see him when we see him, one thing is for sure. In whatever he does, the fans are always going to support him.
Now that Wyatt is no longer on the show, it’s best to expect we won’t be seeing Flo Fulton anytime soon either. Flo, played by Katrina Bowden, from 2019 to 2022 is a hard girl to find in bold and the Beautiful. The last time we saw Bowden on screen was in 2022, when Flo was given a second chance in the Logan family. and She and Wyatt were in a happy relationship until she vanished.
Well, in Wyatt’s words, she is traveling the world and handling business, and they also got engaged. That not all, even in 2023, Wyatt said he and Flo were still a couple. so looks like Katrina is also not coming back unless it’s with Darin Brooks. One the main reason for it is probably, how she has been busy with off-daytime projects.
In November 2023, It was announced that Bowden is joining an upcoming movie, “Unholy Trinity” set in the 1970s, which has already started filming at the Yellowstone Ranch in Montana. Besides that she also had one more happy news in 2023. She is now engaged to her longtime musician boyfriend, Adam Taylor.
Jacqueline Maclnnes Wood
Another sad, but expected short term exit was of B & B star, Jacqueline Maclnnes Wood, who plays as Steffy Forrester on the show. While she did give a little head up beforehand, she did go away for a long time. Wood shared the happy news last April, 2023 that she and her husband, Elan Ruspoli, were expecting baby number 4, making their big family even bigger.
She is already a mother of three boys, Rise, Lenix and Brando. Then on August 27th , her fourth baby, Valor James Ruspoli was born. She wrote, “ Just been taking this time to slow down and soak in this moment.” She actually took her maternity leave from August, but since most of her scenes were already pre recorded, we could see her on screen until September 7.
Fast forward a bit, after a legit three-month mom break, Wood came back rocking it on screen from the first week of November. Time flies when you’re having fun huh? But seriously, did you really think Steffy was gonna be MIA forever?
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Last but not least, the exit that has fans desperately waiting for her comeback. After everything happened to Taylor on Bold and the beautiful, you wouldn’t expect her to stay and watch as Brooke and Ridge get married, now would you? Krista Allen, the beautiful actress behind Taylor, joined in as a recast in 2021, and she has been absolutely killing it. But ever since the Brooke and Ridge reunion, she disappeared from the show.
Currently on the show, Taylor is said to be in Rome for her work, and hasn’t quite been seen since last July. Rumor has it that she was written off the show, and fired, which got the fans all riled up. but thankfully that’s not the case. According to Soap Hub, she is still on contract, and will be playing Taylor. So for Allen’s return, she did pop back in September for a quick minute, but the fans still feel she is wronged, and deserves her own big storyline. So the next time we see Taylor on B & B, it’s probably going to be for a big storyline.
So as we wave goodbye to 2023, which exit was unexpected for you? Let us know in the comments below, and let’s hope next year we get more of comings rather than goings. This year, we also had some shocking Bold and the Beautiful cast arrivals on the show. For 2023’s most shocking incomings, do check out our other video.