Though practically a newcomer to The Bold and the Beautiful, Ben Hogestyn
) finds himself on the chopping block. The actor, who joined the show just three months ago
, has been dropped to recurring status.
Hogestyn, the son of Days of our Lives star Drake Hogestyn
) made news in August when he jumped ship from ABC's General Hospital amid a high-profile coming out story. ABC denied that it was shying away from a gay teen storyline and Hogestyn, who was not a contract player, opted to take on the newly-created B&B role.
Hogestyn is not the only B&B newcomer to find his celebrated addition to the cast cut short. Mario Lopez
) joined the B&B cast with much fanfare in March
, but after the actor's debut he was let go from his contract four months later
. Another former General Hospital star, Antonio Sabáto Jr.
), joined The Bold and the Beautiful in June 2005
, but due to a lack of story the actor exited the show on November 20th
There is good news for fans of Hogestyn: executive producer/head writer Bradley Bell asserts that Hogestyn's downgrade to recurring status is only a temporary situation. Due to B&B's half-hour format, there is not enough time to tell story that involves all of the show's characters.
Expect Hogestyn to return to B&B full-time in the spring as the show gears up for its teen storylines.