It seems that the rumor is true: Rick Hearst is leaving General Hospital after all! The 44-year-old actor has expressed some concern over his character Ric Lansing's lack of new story last year, fueling rumors that show executives might eventually pull the plug on the his character on General Hospital. ABC has remained tightlipped over the issue but has presented Hearst with a new contract last September, suggesting that he will "continue with us for the foreseeable future." Six months later, however, the network has set Rick Lansing's last day on General Hospital on June 25 as Rick Hearst has decided to join the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful.
Hearst joined General Hospital
in November 2002. For his work on the soap, he has twice been named Outstanding Supporting Actor at the Daytime Emmys. Those wins came in 2004 and 2007. Prior to General Hospital,
Hearst appeared on Days of our Lives
from 1989 to 1990 as Scott "Scotty" Banning II. He was then cast on Guiding Light
in 1990 as Alan-Michael Spaulding, a role he portrayed for six years. Moreover, he landed the role of the sinister Matt Clark on The Young and the Restless.
According to Soaps.com, Hearst will be reprising his role of Whipple "Whip" Jones III, a character he portrayed from February to August 2002 on The Bold and the Beautiful
. To refresh your memory, Whip worked at Whip worked at Forrester Creations as a promotions manager and married Brooke in attempt to help her conceal the fact that she was pregnant and having an affair her daughter's husband Deacon. Whip divorced Brooke and went to work at Forrester International after Bridget discovered the truth.
With the arrival of Whip, word on the street is that Stephanie will bring Brooke's ex-husband back to town in order to run a Jackie M PR campaign. Fans will just have to see how Whip stirs up the plot on The Bold and the Beautiful
when he makes his debut on July 17.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Soaps.com(Image courtesy of ABC)