“Days of Our Lives” sensation Greg Rikaart returning to “The Young and the Restless” – Will Kevin be gay?
Since I don’t watch The Young and the Restless, I can’t be too excited about this because I’d rather have Greg Rikaart on Days of Our Lives as the delicious gay villain Leo Stark!
But happy for whatever show gets to have Greg on it because he’s so talented – and dreamy.
Soap Opera Digest reports: Greg Rikaart, who recently wrapped up his run as DAYS’s opportunistic Leo Starke, is coming back to Y&R reprise the role of Kevin Fisher. The actor first joined the cast as Michael’s little brother in 2003 and won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2005. In 2017, the character was written out as Kevin moved to Oregon to live with the presumed-dead Chloe and their daughter, Bella. Kevin made sporadic visits to Genoa City and was last seen in February 2018 when he helped Sharon obtain Adam’s DNA records. Though the show confirms Rikaart’s return — slated for late spring — details of his comeback are being kept under wraps.
When I chatted with the openly gay Greg up at the Daytime Emmys in 2015, I asked him what his hopes were for Kevin and he told me: “I want him to come out. I think it would be a super interesting story to tell,’ he said. ‘I think it would be more socially responsible than just bringing on a gay character – to have someone on the canvas that the audience knows and thinks of as family and takes that (coming out) journey.’
But would it make sense for the character?
‘Kevin’s never been a Lothario,’ he pointed out. ‘I think his relationships with women have been difficult at best.’
The Young and the Restless had dabbled with gay characters over the past then quickly retreated. The character of Phillip Chancellor III returned to the show after a 20 year absence in 2010 as an openly gay man but was soon gone again. Phillip did not have a love interest during his short return.
The thought to be completely straight character of Adam Newman slept with his gay lawyer and friend Rafe to get out of a jam. But the Adam and Rafe storyline did not develop further with the two never even sharing an on-screen kiss.
But Greg is not deterred by that track record.
‘Maybe they were just waiting for the right time and the right character,’ he told me then.
Greg, a past Emmy winner for Y&R, is up for an Emmy this year for his portrayal of Leo. My thought is he returns to Y&R as an even hotter commodity than before and perhaps the show is more receptive now to his wish that Kevin be gay.