Is This Why Courtney Hope Left The Bold And The Beautiful?

In August 2020, actor Courtney Hope took to social media to reveal she was saying goodbye to "The Bold and the Beautiful" and her character, Sally Spectra

Alongside a shot of her dressed up on set, Hope wrote, "An abrupt ending to a monumental journey. The last three years have been amazing, and though I do not know what the future holds this chapter of Sally has sadly come to an end." 

The actor added that she loved everybody at the show and would miss them all "dearly," even hinting at a comeback by acknowledging she was awaiting "the day we may all play again."

The soap star also shared, "Some things are out of our control, and I thank the fans for your support through it all! Until then, I revel in new beginnings and everything the future has in store." Hope notably signed off her post, "Sally Spectra out." 

Just a couple months later, Variety reported that "The Bold and the Beautiful" star would be bringing scheming fashion designer Sally to Genoa City, with the actor joining the cast of "The Young and the Restless." She's remained with the show ever since, signaling that perhaps Sally was a better fit for the fictional Midwestern community.

But, why did Hope leave "The Bold and the Beautiful" in the first place?

Fans weren't happy with Courtney Hope's downward spiral

As noted, while reporting on Courtney Hope's departure from "The Bold and the Beautiful," her exit came on the heels of intense fan backlash to Sally's storyline. 

The fashion designer was revealed to be faking her terminal illness, and, after torturing everybody for months, Sally began begging the likes of Wyatt (Darin Brooks) and Flo (Katrina Bowden) for forgiveness. 

During her final appearance on the show, Wyatt suggested Sally should leave town for a while or at the very least give him and Flo some space to recover from everything that had happened. Sadly, Sally never got to enjoy any kind of redemption arc.

CheatSheet points out that, when Sally originally debuted in 2017, she was characterized by her ambition, which made her easy to root for. However, her career soon fell by the wayside as Sally became more invested in her romantic pursuits, particularly with Wyatt, which rubbed longtime fans the wrong way. 

As fans became more vocal about their displeasure over where the character was headed, it seems bosses at "The Bold and the Beautiful" took their criticisms to heart and decided to axe Sally entirely instead. However, this is a soap opera, so it's highly likely we haven't seen the last of her on the show. 

For now, though, fans can continue to follow Sally's trajectory on sister show "The Young and the Restless."