According to show insiders, execs at The Bold and the Beautiful have intensified talks with actress Erin Hershey Presley
. As reported by soap
in March, B&B reportedly wants to sign the actress to play opposite her former Port Charles
love interest Brian Gaskill
However, a new twist has arisen since it was learned that show execs have stepped up their efforts to snag Presley -- Gaskill has asked that he be taken off contract
with the show. While Gaskill has expressed an interest to remain on a recurring basis at The Bold and the Beautiful, it is unclear if his decision would in any way impact B&B's pursuit of Presley. An insider tell Soap Opera Central that Hershey-Presley and B&B were report thiseclose
to inking a deal.
Speculation that Presley might tackle the role of Bridget Forrester
heated up when newcomer Emily Harrison
was dropped to recurring status
Further complicating the situation is the uncertain future of a pilot that Presley filmed for the fall season. While the show was not picked up for a full season, it is hinted that it could end up on the air as a mid-season replacement.
For over three years, Presley starred as Alison Barrington
on the now-cancelled soap Port Charles. Following the cancellation of Port Charles by ABC in October 2003, Presley earned a spot as a finalist for a co-hosting spot on the network's talk show, The View.