Rick Hearst: Returning to The Bold and the Beautiful

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The rumor has become a reality:

Rick Hearst, who was bumped to recurring status at General Hospital, has found a new/old home on The Bold and the Beautiful.

The actor will reprise his role of Whipple "Whip" Jones on the CBS soap opera, as Brooke's ex-husband returns from working abroad for Forrester International.

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What brings the character to Los Angeles? According to TV Guide, Stephanie plans his return, presumably to oversee the PR campaign for Jackie M... but look for Jackie to suspect that a secret agenda is at play.

Whip last was seen in August 2002. Hearst's returning airdate is scheduled for July 17.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Quotes

Stephanie: You think this is all my fault? You have brought this on yourself.
Brooke: All I ever did, Stephanie, was to love Ridge.
Stephanie: And his father, and his brother, and your son-in-law. Is it any wonder Bridget is confused? I mean, is it any wonder your daughter would confuse natural feelings of respect and affection for romance? You have blurred the lines of socially-acceptable behaviour. And you stand here and you tell me you're proud. What are you proud of? Having your son-in-law's baby? I know what you're proud of. Chasing after a man whose wife's body is barely cold in the ground.

Brooke Logan Forrester is nobody's fool, nobody's.