Hi there, 2robertc.
I'd like to add to this discussion and provide additional clarification.
At this time, there isn't an option in QuickBooks to stop this from happening. However, there is a way to filter the report to not include the Retained Earnings. Here's how you can do it:
Lastly, I can see how having an option to specify the exact details you want to see on the report before opening it could work well with QuickBooks. Rest assured, I'll be sending feedback to our Product Development Team based on this interaction. After all, enhancements to QuickBooks functionalities are largely the results of feedback provided by users, such as yourself.
I hope this response finds you with a smile today. Keep in touch if there's anything else I can help you with, I've always got your back. Have a great day!