Star John McCook Speaks Out After Eric Forrester’s Medical Miracle on December 22 episode.

After being on his deathbed for weeks on The Bold and the Beautiful, John McCook‘s Eric Forrester had a Christmas miracle over the holidays and is now on the road to recovery.

On the Friday, December 22, episode, with his family gathered around his hospital bed, Eric’s ventilator was removed.

he started breathing on his own again. His first words? A mumbled “Merry Christmas” to his loved ones.

The miraculous recovery came after weeks of speculation over whether the show was about to kill off the iconic character 

John has been with the series since the very first episode on March 23, 1987 

The 79-year-old actor has starred in the series for 36 years, winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2022 after four previous nominations.

Eric first started coughing up blood back in the October episodes, and Dr. Colin Colby (Justin Davis) gave the Forrester patriarch only six months to live.

There’s been so much Internet chat,” McCook told Soap Opera Digest in a new interview. “I’ve been getting these congratulatory messages from people in, you know, Iowa, who say, ‘Congratulations on your long career,’ 

McCook said that there are a lot of questions about how Eric will react during his recovery journey, whether he’ll “go back to his regular self” or “change who he is.”