In surprising soap news, TV Guide is reporting that "All My Children" actor Thorsten Kaye has been cast as the new Ridge Forrester on CBS's "The Bold and the Beautiful." The news comes as a shock to Daytime TV fans who were anxiously awaiting for online version of "All My Children" to begin taping season 2 where Kaye plays casino owner Zach Slater. Will AMC continue?
"There are a lot of talented and caring people over there and I wish them all luck," Kaye told TV Guide of his "All My Children" family. "I certainly hope that my leaving will not affect the show in some bad way. There is just so much uncertainty in this business, especially in what we've been trying to do with AMC. I do believe it's going to work out for them, but I gotta be doing something."
Kaye is assuming the role of "The Bold and the Beautiful" played by Ronn Moss, who originated the role and left after 25 years. The actor knows that playing such an iconic character will be a challenge.
"Look, I'm an actor, so of course I get insecure, especially now that I know who I'm replacing," said Kaye. "Ronn is an icon and people really loved him in the role but he's not there anymore, so I'll do what I can. People get replaced on soaps all the time. It was his choice to move on. He'd had enough. It was time. So I don't feel I'm taking food away from anybody. I can't be Ronn, and whoever will next play Zach on AMC won't be me, either. I won't bring the same tools to the role as Ronn did, but I do have a couple of my own. I just hope the audience will let me play with this for a bit and try to get my footing. Hopefully, I can help the show in some way. [Laughs] And, if I can't, then Ridge will go get lost on a desert island somewhere!"
Kaye's first air date is December 13th.
"The Bold and the Beautiful" airs weekdays on CBS.
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