In what will come as a shocker to fans of CBS’ The Young and the Restless, TVLine is reporting that Daytime Emmy winner Greg Rikaart will exit the long-running CBS sudser this summer.
Per reports, Rikkart’s exit is a result of the series not renewing his contract. The actor will wrap his run sometime next month, with his final episode airing in August. Neither The Young and the Restless or Rikkart’s reps commented on TVLine’s exclusive.
The actor commented on his exit via Instagram writing, “Fourteen years ago, I booked a two-week long gig on The Young and the Restless. In my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined what it would turn into: a career-defining experience that has brought me so much happiness and fulfillment.” See his full statement below:
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Fourteen years ago, I booked a two-week long gig on The Young and the Restless. In my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined what it would turn into: a career-defining experience that has brought me so much happiness and fulfillment. Playing Kevin and watching him evolve over the years has mirrored my real life in so many ways. We both found love, both became dads and we both have more gray hair now than we did in 2003. I have such love and fondness for the cast and crew of Y&R that when I watch Kevin enjoying himself in scenes, it's hard to know where he ends and Greg begins. At the moment it is unclear what lies ahead for Kevin and I, as we will be saying goodbye to Genoa City for a while. I am sad to leave a place I hold so dear but also really excited about what the future holds. I cannot overstate how much gratitude I have to all of you who have been such loud cheerleaders for me. You've all enriched my life. So stick around. The journey is just beginning. :)
Initially conceived as a short-term role, Greg Rikaart’s Kevin Fisher has become a mainstay since his debut in 2003. Kevin, the half-brother of reformed bad-boy Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc), was plagued with troubles when he first arrived in Genoa City. He was an internet predator who took advantage of a young and impressionable teenage Lily Winters (Christel Khalil), later becoming obsessed with Michael’s now-wife Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman), among a multitude of other schemes.
Kevin is the epitome of soap redemption through evolution. Kevin’s darkness was mined to reveal a tragic backstory of abuse suffered at the hands of his father, “Terrible” Tom Fisher, and he’s since become one of Genoa City’s prominent anti-heroes. Kevin was recently left at the altar by Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson), who fled town to avoid being charged for murdering Adam Newman.
Rikkart is a four-time Daytime Emmy nominee and one time winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor, won in 2005.
There are no plans to recast the role, though TVLine reports the door will likely be left open for a potential return.