Susan Flannery to Exit The Bold and the Beautiful

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Susan Flannery, who has helped anchor The Bold and the Beautiful since its 1987 premiere, is leaving the daytime drama.

A source tells Soaps in Depth that the veteran actress has given producers notice and signed a short-term contract in order to give writers a chance to properly write her character of Stephanie Forrester out.

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Flannery's announcement arrives a week after another original star, Ronn Moss, also confirmed his impending departure.

These exits leave John McCook and Katherine Kelly Lang as the only remaining original cast members on The Bold and the Beautiful and while McCook's future status is uncertain, Lang has inked a new two-year deal with the program.

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I am sad to see Stephanie and Ridge go. I also agree with Julie K Liam belongs with Hope. And Katie should come to her senses and get back together with Bill. Otherwise Bill is kind of like the male version of Brook as far as going from lover to lover and still not expanding out of the same family. I also wonder where RJ is as well as Thorn and Darla's daughter.

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I am sad to see Stephanie's character leaving the show.You will be missed.I would also like to see Liam and Hope find their way back to each other,they make a great couple.What about Brooke,Idon't mind the idea of a little romance with Bill.

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I Just hope Ridge (Ronn Moss) has enough Class to at least come back for one more show for Stephanie's party. I have always respected him. but if he doesn't come back and at least make a show for this like all the other kids did I will lose all respect for him.. come on Ronn it won't hurt to come back for one or two days to say a final good by to her and every one else even us all your loyal fans.. thank you
Nancy LeMasters
Fan since day 1 of the show

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I'm so sorry to see stephanie's & ridge's character to leave. I have been a fan since the very first episode! But I will continue watching until the very last episode. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep liam & steffy together. They are a dynamic duo. Heck with hope! I NEVER liked her with liam!

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The show has sucked for a long time. I gave up watching it a long time a go

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Hire Erika Slezak to replace her!!! Not as a new Stephanie but as a character!

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I will surely miss Stephanie, she is truely the backbone of this show. As for Brooke and Ridge, this is the worse storyline of why Ridge left Brook, surely the writers could have been more creative. I do hope Liam and Hope make their way back to each other and this time, make is permanent; enough with the back and forth. Please do not put Brooke with Bill, I think Lang's character have been dragged through the mud enough with men, rather let her be with Eric after Stephanie is gone or Dr. Mead and let Donna be with Eric again. Thanks

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Why wasn't Thorn's daughter ever written into the story, and where is Ridge and Brook's son? Why is he not written into the story. They have these children and then they disappear, no mention of either one, sad.

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I want to know why is Kathie is leaving because she is pregnant in real life , she really look pregnant and I think brook should go with someone else.and steffy should go with Bill cause he had an afair with her anyway.and let hope get back Liam. they are perfect together .

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truely enjoy the show. Its being handled with class with stephanie character. Liam, steffy is a great storyline. Katy not taking care her baby happens in real life. . Will continue to watch such a great soap., thanks, mildred.

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