Just a month after being taken off contract -- again -- comes word that Emmy winner Justin Torkildsen
's (Rick Forrester
) days at The Bold and the Beautiful might not be done after all.
Torkildsen's status with the show has changed more times than a model in a Forrester fashion show. The actor joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful on October 1999 and remained onboard as a contract player through November 2003.
But over the course of the next year, Torkildsen's status changed three times.
When Torkildsen was forced to pass on a primetime project because of stipulations set in place by his B&B contract, Torkildsen asked to be released from his contract. In August 2004, Torkildsen and show execs reached an agreement that brought the actor back to the show as a contract player. However, less than three months into that new contract
, Torkildsen was again downgraded to recurring.
Unofficially, Torkildsen's most recent "exit" had to do with the failed storyline involving Rick's romance with an underage Caitlin Ramirez
. A show source says that Torkildsen was taken off contract so that Bradley Bell, B&B's executive producer and head writer, can develop a future story for Rick.
Soap Opera Digest
reports that Bell had Torkildsen tracked down for the show's annual cast photo, a further indication that the actor will be returning to the show sometime in the near future.