Plus he had to continue paying Miss Shattuck the same amount of child support as he'd paid when he was making $700,000 per year. (The "telling" aspect of the ordeal was that his new 2012 contract [$400,000] was for a ONE-year deal, not three or five. So they likely planned to bump him down even lower the following year. That's why he seemed to bail-out. He should've known he'd never have an income approaching $400,000 without B&B.)
Why can't these members of Congress pass legislation? A moratorium will allow some breathing room but they need to pass some type of legislation or get some of those leftover funds from American Rescue Act released to help renters in peril.
A bit off topic, I am reading this book on women in television and I didn't know that Meet The Press was created by a woman. So ironic, considering the cavalcade of bro-ish behavior on that show. Sad, actually.
The reality of it is that he expected to walk and be begged back on. That's the only way his bluff makes sense.
Sure a 50% pay cut sucks but a third of a million dollars a year is still an excellent salary and the hours at B&B are hardly mine work. And not to be unkind but it was always obvious there was no other acting work waiting for RM outside of B&B. His longevity on the show was his only trump card, not his talent.
So I think he made a bet that Bell couldn't recast a thirty-year veteran - original actor or that if he did, it woudn't take.
Whatever one might think of the way it changed Ridge as a character, it did take and now RM is unemployed. Sometimes when you play chicken you do end up losing!
The first 2 90 min specials on ABC 'Honeymoon Suite' and 'This Child Is Mine' won their timeslots.
ABC pre-empted gameshows for these and the results were:
Honeymoon Suite 9.9/33
This Child Is Mine (with Rosemary Prinz and Robin Strasser) 10.0/35
Of course they cost far more than the game shows to produce.
ABC continued with more 90 min specials and CBS followed suit but I think ratings dropped as the novelty wore off and ultimately it was just not cost effective.