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Emmy winner Greg Rikaart has been axed from ‘Young and the Restless’ after 14 years as Kevin Fisher

Out actor Greg Rikaart has been axed from the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless after 14 years on the show.

Rikaart, who came out publicly as gay in 2013, won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal of Kevin Fisher in 2005.

‘Fourteen years ago, I booked a two-week long gig on The Young and the Restless,’ Rikaart writes in an Instagram post.

‘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.’

Rikaart will continue to tape episodes through June which will air through August, according to TV Line.

At the 2015 Daytime Emmys, the handsome actor told me he hoped his TV character would come out as gay as well.

‘I think it would be a super interesting story to tell,’ he said then. ‘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 have made sense for the character?

‘Kevin’s never been a Lothario,’ Rikaart pointed out. ‘I think his relationships with women have been difficult at best.’

But it didn’t happen. Instead, it was recently revealed that Kevin is the father of on-again/off-again wife Chloe’s daughter.

Off-screen, Rikaart and writer husband Rob Sudduth became parents for the first time last 12 June, the same day as the shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead.

In announcing the birth the actor wrote on Instagram: ‘We fight hate, fear, bigotry, homophobia and injustice in the world with love, intellect and enlightenment.
‘In the truest and most pure definitions of the latter words, it is with full hearts that Rob and I take great pride in introducing our son, Montgomery Argo Rikaart-Sudduth.’

The character of Kevin is reportedly not being killed off which could leave the door open for his return at some point.

‘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,’ the actor writes.

‘I am sad to leave a place I hold so dear.’ But he added that he is excited to see what lies ahead.

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  1. May 4th, 2017 at 5:03 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    I’m not happy that this has happened. He is one of the main reasons I watch Y&R regularly. The writers just didn’t give him good material to work with, but with what he was given he still turned in great performances and his character worked well with the other characters.

    Greg Rikaart is well loved by soap fans too. What a shame. Y&R has either let go or lost some great talent and the best looking guys in the last couple of years. There’s less and less of a reason for me to watch Y&R anymore.

    Anyway, I’m sad to see him go. I wish him all the success in the world in whatever he decides to do and wish his family the best. He will be missed.

    Thanks for the 14 years on Y&R, Greg R.! Loved every minute of it.

    And thank you for posting this, Greg H.!

  2. Sad to hear this, I remember when he first came out how encouraging it was for me. Every word he wrote was so beautiful and heartfelt. I’m really sad to see him leaving.

  3. Sad to see him go. He is one of my favorite characters on the show. I wish him nothing but the best of luck in his future. Y&R will not be the same without him.

  4. May 8th, 2017 at 8:03 am
    Richard V says:

    OMG… thank you for the last 14 years… please God give this talented actor a new gig. Wishing Greg and family all the best. God bless

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