Ronn Moss leaves 'The Bold and the Beautiful' and everyone's surprised

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After 25 years on "The Bold and the Beautiful," series original Ronn Moss is leaving. The end of Moss' character, Ridge Forrester, brings questions for everyone: fans, the "Bold and the Beautiful" producers and CBS.

News of Moss' departure came out in a report from EW.com on Saturday (Aug. 11). Following failed contract negotiations, Moss ended his "Bold and the Beautiful" run on Tuesday. CBS has scheduled Ridge's final episode to air on Friday, Sept. 14.

Is this the end of Ridge Forrester after so long? The answer is a definite maybe. TVGuide.com got confirmation from "The Bold and the Beautiful" executive producer Bradley Bell that Ridge would not die on the show. Instead, Ridge will disappear from "The Bold and the Beautiful" after his honeymoon with Brooke Logan ( Katherine Kelly Lang).

Bell does not, however, rule out a possible return for the character. "There will be a period of time without Ridge," Bell explains. "But at some point it will be necessary for Ridge to return to the show. Who will be playing the role at that point remains to be seen."

While there is no official word as to what in Moss' contract led to the departure, the actor himself took to his Facebook page on Monday (Aug. 13) to reassure worried fans:

"I want to make sure, without any doubt, that you guys all know how much I love you. Your support during this time and hopefully beyond is everything. I can't say anything yet, but soon will explain... Try and not be sad, angry, disappointed.. It's been a great run and all good things end eventually. As this door closes, others are opening."

One of only four daytime soap operas now remaining on network television, "The Bold and the Beautiful" has thus far held on to both actors and international ratings success. Only time will tell if the departure of Ronn Moss changes any of that.

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