‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Speculation: Tanner Novlan’s Status in Question After Finn’s Shooting

The Bold and the Beautiful actor Tanner Novlan became the show’s new leading man when he debuted in July 2020. Novlan and his character Dr. John “Finn” Finnegan immediately won the hearts of fans as Steffy Forrester’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) new love interest. Yet, the show’s recent storyline has fans worried they’ve seen the last of Novlan and Finn.

'The Bold and the Beautiful' actor Tanner Novlan wearing a blue plaid shirt and a white lab coat.
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Finn’s shooting sparks speculation Tanner Novlan is leaving ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’

Like many of The Bold and the Beautiful characters, Finn was prone to drama. His relationship with Steffy faced many challenges, including her one-night stand with Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton). Yet, the couple worked through their problems, and happy times came with the birth of Haye Finnegan (Piper Harriot).

However, their marriage was rocked by the arrival of Finn’s birth mother, Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown). Sheila immediately went to work creating drama for Finn and Steffy, who argued about letting Sheila into their lives. Steffy was right not to trust Sheila after learning how the villain switched Brooke Logan’s (Katherine Kelly Lang) nonalcoholic champagne.

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Steffy wasted no time telling Finn about his mother’s latest evil deed. The news put the doctor on high alert, and when he couldn’t reach Steffy on her phone, he searched for her. Finn arrived at II Giardino in time to see Steffy and Sheila’s confrontation in the alley. As Sheila pulled out her gun, Finn jumped in front of Steffy and, unfortunately, was hit by the bullet.

As Finn’s life hangs in the balance, viewers are on edge, wondering if Novlan and his character are leaving.

Clues Tanner Novlan might be leaving

Before the shooting, The Bold and the Beautiful fans were already worried about Novlan’s status with the soap opera. The actor was absent from December 25, 2021, until March 2022. Novlan worked on several projects during his time off, including Roswell, New Mexico, and new Liberty Mutual commercials.

When Finn returned to the show, he and Steffy were front and center. The couple shared a romantic moment while reaffirming their love for each other. Novlan’s side projects and the focus on Finn made fans suspicious. Their worst fears were confirmed when Finn was shot while protecting Steffy.

While there’s been no official confirmation, according to Soaps.com, Novlan has been let go by the show.

Fans angry with the actor’s departure

The Bold and the Beautiful fans are hoping, by some miracle, Finn survives. However, things look gloomy for the handsome doctor. News of Novlan’s upcoming exit has sparked outrage. On a Twitter thread, fans voiced their disappointment in the show killing Finn.

“What a dumb decision,” exclaimed one viewer.

“What a shame. Such a great asset to Bold, saw it coming and stopped watching,” wrote another fan.

“But why? He was refreshing! So now back to freaking Liam? Ughhhh,” cried one user.

“It’s ridiculous they felt they had to kill him off just to send her on maternity leave. I’m done as well. I’m not sitting thru another round of this miserable triangle,” one fan declared.

“Wondering why they killed him off? They bring him in, fans love him, and out he goes? Can’t figure it out,” chimed in another viewer.

The show is already receiving a lot of backlash for killing Finn. With Novlan out, speculation is Steffy will reunite with Liam, something most viewers agree they don’t want to see. Although it looks like Finn is dead, as soap fans know, characters aren’t gone for good. Who knows, maybe one day down the road, Finn will make a return.

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