%( I am really upset that Ridge is leaving! He and Brooke have waited so long to finally tie the knot and put an end to the drama between the back and forth with Taylor crap. I hope he returns - it was really stupid to write him off because of a text that was non sexual in nature and had everything to do with Hope and Deacon stating out of her life. To have Brooke lie about it was even more hilarious....He is returning, but for all intent and purpose the show SHOULD NOT CREATE A NEW LOVE INTEREST for Brooke. With Stephanie leaving, the show needs a dominant couple and Brooke and Ridge was it. If the plan is to bring a new man in for Brooke, then kill off the character so we Bridge fans can move on with dignity. Message to Writers: Be more realistic, that storyline was weak to say the least. Forever Bridge Fan.