General Hospital writers didn't have a chance to give Ric Lansing much of a sendoff.
The actor who plays the scheming, manipulative, bitter Lansing, Rick Hearst received a call from Brad Bell, Executive Producer of Bold and the Beautiful asking him if he'd like to return to his former soap in his old role of Whip Jones III. It was so sudden, Hearst explains to TV Guide, that Bob Guza had no choice but to put Ric on an elevator and have the doors close. He was headed down, we assume.
Hearst says he left GH, where he was on recurring status, on May 21 and was on the set of B&B on May 22. "It was like coming home," the actor reports. He adds that the transition wasn't bad at all. "I'm going from a fast-talking, scheming attorney to a fast-talking, scheming publicist."
There's supposed to be a murder this summer on General Hospital , and many speculated it would be Lansing's. If that happens, it looks like it will be off-camera. The door will be open for the character of Ric Lansing - and we hope that means Rick Hearst - to return.
One never knows. A year ago, Hearst could not have predicted any of this was going to happen.
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