Soap Opera’s 6 Biggest Salary Disputes
4. Ronn Moss
Fans of Bold and the Beautiful (B&B) were devastated in 2012 when Ronn Moss, the actor who played staple character Ridge Forrester, left the show after 25 years with the soap. To boot, Moss was known as a core actor for B&B, playing the character since the show had first debuted back in 1987. What was the reasoning behind his decision to leave? It was reportedly all over a salary dispute. Sure, Thorsten Kaye would step into the Ridge role in 2013, but avid B&B fans will agree, it’s just not the same.
3. Jason Thompson
Young and the Restless (Y&R) fans love Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott, but most GH fans can agree, he is quite missed in Port Charles playing Dr. Patrick Drake. Back in the fall of 2013, as Jason’s GH contract was expiring, contract negotiations broke down shortly after, and Thompson announced his departure via Instagram in November of that year. Could it have been salary? Well, Thompson would move on to the Y&R a little while after and then reports surfaced that the actor’s salary was stirring up some jealousy amongst other Y&R stars because it was that high, with him allegedly making over $20,000 each episode with a four-episode guarantee weekly.