Greg Rikaart’s “Jour­ney Is Just Be­gin­ning!”

After 14 years on THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS, Greg Rikaart will last ap­pear as Kevin in Au­gust — at least for now.

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The In Depth Story: June 8 will mark Rikaart’s 14th an­niver­sary on the soap — which is about 13 years more than he had an­tic­i­pated be­ing around when he was orig­i­nally cast as the In­ter­net preda­tor who gave Lily chlamy­dia. “I came on to do 10 to 20 episodes,” the ac­tor told Soaps In Depth four years after join­ing Y&R in 2003. “It’s re­ally re­mark­able. I don’t take any of this for granted. What­ever the fu­ture holds for me, Y&R will al­ways hold an im­por­tant place in my heart.” The 2005 Day­time Emmy win­ner can at­tribute his longevity on the soap to an early de­ci­sion by the pow­ers that be to ground his char­ac­ter by mak­ing him the brother of a Genoa City main­stay, Chris­tian Jules Le­blanc’s Michael. Over the years, Rikaart’s al­ter ego grew from a dis­turbed vil­lain still haunted by his abu­sive fa­ther to an up­stand­ing — if quirky — good guy look­ing for love while work­ing for

the po­lice depart­ment.

In an emo­tional farewell post on In­sta­gram, Rikaart wrote that when he first booked Y&R, “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,” he goes on, “it’s hard to know where he ends and Greg be­gins.”

Though it has been re­ported that Rikaart’s con­tract was not re­newed by the soap, there does seem to be the po­ten­tial for him to make a re­turn down the line. “At the mo­ment, it is un­clear what lies ahead for Kevin and I,” he wrote, “as we will be say­ing good- bye to Genoa City for a while. [But] 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,” he added. “The jour­ney is just be­gin­ning.”

Y&R, as is its pol­icy, will not com­ment on com­ings and go­ings. How­ever, that cer­tainly hasn’t stopped view­ers from spec­u­lat­ing that Kevin will leave Genoa City around the same time that El­iz­a­beth Hen­drick­son is due to take her fi­nal bow as Chloe. Maybe Bella’s par­ents will get a happy end­ing after all?

“It is un­clear what lies ahead for Kevin and I.”

“I am sad to leave a place I hold so dear,” says Rikaart, “but also re­ally ex­cited about what the fu­ture holds.”

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