Monday, April 30, 2012

B&B's Bradley Bell On Lesbian Storyline: 'Can't Believe I Share The Same Country With People Who Think So Differently About Human Rights'

Joanna Johnson's character on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Karen Spencer, returns on May 16 and it will be revealed that she is married to a woman, Danielle, played by Crystal Chappell. Executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell revealed details of the storyline in a new interview with TV Guide Magazine.

TV Guide Magazine: Because Crystal wasn't allowed to do that when she played the girl-girl romance on Guiding Light. There was a lot of pinky touching and smouldering glances, but kissing wasn't okay and certainly no sex. It was very 1950s.
Bell: I didn't know that. This happened on CBS? [Laughs] Perhaps I spoke too soon. Nah, Karen and Danielle are a modern married couple, so why wouldn't they kiss? We plan to discuss the real issues, present some prejudices, and try to get people to move forward in their thinking, instead of backward. I want to do this story because I listen to all the political debates on the subject of same-sex marriage and can't believe I share the same country with people who think so differently about human rights. I want to put my hat in the ring and, hopefully, help change some thoughts and opinions on the issue.

TV Guide Magazine: How long has this Karen-Danielle thing been going on?
Bell: A very long time. We're going to see that they have created a wonderful family together, raised a great daughter and have been living a terrific life in New York, completely free about who they are. Well, except for the fact that Karen's brother, Bill, who lives in Los Angeles, has no idea she's a lesbian.

TV Guide Magazine: I gotta ask this since we know the twisted way you work, sir. Is Danielle going to stay lesbian or will she have an affair with Bill in the ultimate Brad Bell triangle?
Bell: Well, that is certainly not in the plans. But, hey, a triangle is not a bad idea. [Laughs] Who knows, maybe Danielle will end up with Katie instead of Bill!

Chappell makes her B&B debut on May 17.

What do you think? Are you excited about this upcoming storyline?

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  1. I can't wait! Crystal Chappell is one of the best daytime actresses. She has been missed on my screen during the last year!

  2. I am very excited. I hope Bill Bell's story for CC JJ and Linsey Godfrey is as good as it sounds! Can't wait to watch this develop.

  3. At least we know we're watching Brad Bell, since even with this story, he has to tease us with a possible near-incest story where Caroline's mysterious bio-father is concerned -- suggesting that the man could be either Thorne or Ridge. So while we wait around, he's got Rick (Thorne's half-brother) and Thomas (Ridge's son) vying for young Caroline's attention.! Oh, Brad.