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B&B's John McCook admits storyline rubbed some 'offended' fans the wrong way

Darcy Rafter May 12, 2022
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John McCook who portrays Eric Forrester has admitted in a revealing interview that his current The Bold And The Beautiful storyline has rubbed some ‘offended’ fans up the wrong way. Although, it must have been worth it because he earned an Emmy nomination for it.

The love triangle between Eric, Quinn, and Carter has caused quite the stir among fans with many slating the controversial storyline. Eric took Quinn back after she cheated on him with Carter, and now, due to being unable to satisfy her needs, he’s given her permission to see Carter again. This pretty contentious development has left fans confused by Forrester’s actions.

One thing that will always override the differing opinions is that John McCook is an outstanding actor, and we can all agree that he deserves his Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actor category.

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B&B’s John McCook admits storyline rubbed some fans the wrong way

Eric Forrester was suffering from erectile dysfunction and the issues it was creating in his marriage to Quinn (Rena Sofer) and even encouraged her to have a sexual relationship with Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor). This subject matter has never been explored in a soap opera before and as always with new material, it is met with mixed thoughts from fans.

When asked about fan reactions McCook explained that: “The fan reaction was varied. There were a lot of people who were offended by it, and there were a lot of people who didn’t think it was an appropriate storyline to be on a soap opera.”

The actor posted an Instagram from his dressing room to acknowledge fans’ varied reactions to this particular plot but thanked them for still tuning in. His onscreen wife and co-star Rena Sofer (Quinn) responded to his video message by saying. “You are one of my favorite people ever, you are grace and class personified. You know my feelings about this story and I think you expressed yourself in the best way possible.”

How the B&B storyline came about

The executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, took him into his office, and said, “How would you feel about telling a story about erectile dysfunction and about sending [Eric’s] wife off to be with somebody else?”

McCook agreed to the narrative but insisted it was important for there to be a scene showing why Eric made these decisions. “Look, I don’t mind making bad choices or wrong choices for Eric, as long as in the end, we can see why he makes these choices.” This can be seen when Eric explains to Ridge the reasons why he was allowing his wife, Quinn, to see Carter. 

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B&B’s John McCook gets nominated for an Emmy

Once McCook and Bell discovered that the storyline had led to McCook’s Emmy award nomination they were overjoyed. McCook even revealed that he and his wife were squealing around for half an hour after the announcement. However, what he most looks forward to is the ceremony, which will be held on 24th June, and is in-person. The coronavirus pandemic meant that previous years took place remotely, so McCook can’t wait to finally be partying with best pal Peter Bergman and his other co-stars.

After being in the industry since 1975, McCook has played a variety of characters (previously Lance Prentiss on Y&R) so he knows first-hand that storylines will twist and turn before finding a resolution. The best advice McCook has for fans is to “hang in there” and keep watching!

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.