Jennifer, John and Ally (Deanna Barnert/

Fans get Bold and Beautiful!

The Bold and the Beautiful fan luncheon August 29 was a festive, intimate afternoon of laughs, clips and hanging with the stars, not to mention a respite from the heat that’s been burning up Southern California!

John McCook was master of ceremonies, introducing the cast member one by one and keeping things light.

“I cannot be funnier than he is,” Diamont complained when he got to stage. “So I’m only going to say hi to everybody. So grateful to be here.” Winsor Harmon claimed to be speechless with emotion – anyone who’s met him knows that says a lot! – while Patrick Duffy took a picture of the audience. “Because of the people who play my daughters, my wife doesn’t let me come out unless I can prove I’m actually here,” he quipped. “You are now my alibi.” Lesli Kay, who is returning to As the World Turns but may continue to show up on B&B from time to time, hated having to follow funnyman Duffy. “I like when he follows me!” she laughed. “I just want to say thank you guys for being here and supporting Bold and the Beautiful. It’s an amazing show. They’ve been amazing to me and thank you for supporting daytime in general, because we need to keep it on the air.”

As imagined, many actors walked in to the B&B show theme, but some castmembers were introduced with personalized theme music. Rick Hearst, for example, bounced to stage to the Devo ’80s anthem “Whip It,” while Lesley-Anne Down prowled up to some electronic jungle beats. For Jack Wagner, it was his own song, “Going Back Again,” and he even sang a few bars once he got to stage. Jennifer Gareis’s music, the “Price is Right” theme song, only served to remind her that she still hasn’t seen her prizes. According to Kyle Lowder, hwoever, even with the fun music, “That was the longest, most uncomfortable walk ever!” For the last intro, McCook brought up a “minister” and said “I now pronounce you man… and… horse.” That gave way to the gallop of hooves and Katherine Kelly Lang burst into the room screaming, “Hold it right there padre: There will be no wedding today!”

“I didn’t have my line perfect,” she laughed when she got to stage. “Looking forward to having a wonderful day and getting a chance to say Hello to each and every one of you.” With that, McCook had everyone onstage, except Ronn Moss, who was busy handling Emmy business and preparing for his wedding; Hunter Tylo, who would show up fashionably late; and one surprise guest (hold on, that’s coming).

“We all depend on you so much,” he concluded. “We’re so grateful that you’re here today and you watch our show every day. Thank you so much. We all depend on each other so much, too, to do this work. If we didn’t trust and love one another, it would be very hard to do, so I introduce to you the best cast in daytime television! Let’s all sit down and get something to eat, and we’ll see you soon.” Before he joined his costars for lunch, he took a minute to also introduce behind the scenes players like head honcho Brad Bell, but the show wasn’t over.

Moments later, Texas Battle returned to stage to squelch the rumor about his character’s dad by revealing the real story. “What I would like to do is introduce someone to you, a man who is definitely going to shock you,” he teased. “He plays Justin Barber and his name is Aaron Spears. He will be playing my real father!” The crowd went wild as “Dad” came to stage. Aaron, whose character is also Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Spencer Publications, said a quick hello and then stuck around to meet fans at the signing.