Soap News: What's Up with Whip?

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Another multiple-time Emmy winner (see Maura West above) is finding tough sledding at a CBS soap. Rick Hearst has been taken off contract at 'The Bold and the Beautiful.' He'll still be recurring at Whip Jones, but his role has been diminished.

Hearst returned to 'B&B' in 2009 with the expectation that he'd be given a substantial story line. Hearst was coming off his stint on 'GH' as Ric Lansing, Sonny's half-brother, a role that earned him two Emmys. He'd won a third Emmy as Alan-Michael on 'Guiding Light.'

Currently, Hearst's character is having an emotional crisis with is marriage falling apart. It's possible that this move to recurring will coincide with Whip being put on the backburner.

Hopefully, it's just a maneuver to give the writers time to give Whip a better story line ... like a plot to kill Ridge or a hot new love affair with Brooke.

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