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The first time Greg Rikaart began work on The Young and the Restless in 2003, he was only slated to appear in a few episodes but ended up staying for 14 years.
Is history about to repeat itself?
EW has learned exclusively that Rikaart, who left the CBS sudser in the spring after the producers declined to renew his contract, will return to Genoa City for a two-week gig starting Sept. 20. He’s only supposed to appear for a few episodes but… who knows what the tide will bring?
Rikaart plays Kevin Fisher, last seen in July episodes of the soap. Kevin worked for the Genoa City Police Department and had a daughter with his on-and-off again wife Chloe. When it was revealed earlier this year that Rikaart was bidding farewell, he released a statement that said, “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.”
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. :)
Rikaart won a Daytime Emmy in 2005 for playing Kevin Fisher.
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.