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Greg Rikaart's Exit on The Young and the Restless Is Bittersweet

Kristyn Burtt is an LA-based entertainment reporter who has covered everything from 'Dancing With the Stars' to the Oscars. If she’s not on the red carpet, she’s at home in yoga pants watching Netflix and eating potato chips.

Y&R fans are already protesting the soap’s decision to fire Greg Rikaart

Say it isn’t so, Young and the Restless! After 14 years, the CBS soap decided not to renew Greg Rikaart’s contract, and it really isn’t a happy day for Y&R viewers.

TVLine revealed on Thursday that the new regime of executive producer Mal Young and head writer Sally Sussman decided this was the end of Rikaart’s storyline as Kevin Fisher. Rikaart later confirmed the news in a social media post.

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“Fourteen years ago, I booked a two-week long gig on The Young and the Restless,” Rikaart wrote on his Instagram. “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."

Rikaart talked about how his personal life mirrored that of his character, Kevin, over the years. From becoming fathers to acquiring a few gray hairs, they've been through a lot. However, there does seem to be a silver lining to Rikaart's good-bye: the door seems open for a return, and that means his character probably won’t be killed off.

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

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While Rikaart is gracious about his exit, Y&R fans aren’t too happy. The hashtag #KeepGregOnYR is being circulated on social media with fans tagging Head of CBS Daytime Angelica McDaniel. There are even posts with CBS Corporation CEO Leslie Moonves’ email floating around out on the internet.

Some viewers are also organizing a Twitter party to share their opinions, and others are already plotting Rikaart's next move. A few think he could be headed to General Hospital in the future.

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In the meantime, fans will have to keep campaigning to save Rikaart’s job at the last minute, even though he’s accepted his current fate with some optimism.

“I cannot overstate how much gratitude I have to all of you who have been such loud cheerleaders for me,” he said. “You've all enriched my life. So stick around. The journey is just beginning.”

Rikaart is continuing to tape Y&R through June, so viewers will be able to enjoy his work through August.

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