Greg Rikaart Addresses His Y&R Exit

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Some memories Greg Rikaart cherishes from his time on The Young and the Restless.

Greg Rikaart took to social media to offer his thoughts on his shocking departure from The Young and the Restless.

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An industry publication, TV Line, broke the news, as yet unconfirmed by Y&R, that the show won’t renew Rikaart’s contract as it comes up for renegotiation soon.

Related: Y&R opts not to renew Greg Rikaart’s contract.

His last episode on the CBS sudser will be in August. Thank goodness we get three more months of Kevin, right, dear Soap Cities readers? Also, Kevin won’t be killed off, leaving the door open for his return.

Rikaart posted a photo collage of his time on Y&R to Instagram along with a lengthy comment. See the full post below.

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“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,” wrote Rikaart.

He also honored his fans.

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“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 :),” he wrote.

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. 🙂

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Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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  1. Not happy about this at all!!!!! I’m so sorry Greg Rikaart!!!! Clearly CBS has no more brains than ABC.

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