Soap News: Greg Rikaart Is Leaving Y&R, Plus — Jill’s Headed Back to Genoa City!

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TV Line broke the news on Thursday (May 4) that Greg Rikaart is set to exit The Young and the Restless after 14 years as Kevin Fisher. The television news site reports that the powers that be decided not to renew the actor’s contract. Rikaart will continue to tape through June and will last air in August. TV Line continues that executive producer Mal Young and head writer Sally Sussman are leaving the door open for Kevin to return down the line.

Rikaart took to Instagram to address his departure that evening:

“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’ve both found love, both became dads and we both have more gray hair now then 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.”

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— This week on The Young and the Restless (Global/CBS): Nick (Joshua Morrow) becomes suspicious of Tessa (Cate Fairbanks) on Monday (May 8; Canadian episodes listed). Abby (Melissa Ordway) clashes with Scott (Daniel Hall). Kevin (Greg Rikaart) places blame for Chloe’s (Elizabeth Hendrickson) actions.

Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) hits a roadblock in her search for Chloe on Tuesday (May 9). Billy (Jason Thompson) plays hero at Brash & Sassy. Cane (Daniel Goddard) seizes an opportunity to get ahead.

On Wednesday (May 10), Jack (Peter Bergman) stacks that cards against Billy. Dina (Marla Adams) blindsides Devon (Bryton James) — is she back Genoa City? Sharon (Sharon Case) is ready to move on.

Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) travels outside of her comfort zone on Thursday (May 11). Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) keeps a secret about Tessa. Victoria (Amelia Heinle) refuses to admit defeat.

— Those hoping to see Jill in Genoa City again can rest easy as Jess Walton is on her way back to The Young and the Restless! The actress tells Soap Opera Digest that she’ll be back in the studio within two weeks to tape new scenes. Walton took some time off to be home in Oregon for the birth of her first granddaughter.

— NBC has picked up a new series, For God and Country, which will star Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) and Sofia Pernas (ex-Marisa, Y&R). The new show follows the “heart-pounding journey” into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes.

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— This week on General Hospital (City/ABC): On Monday (May 8), Andre (Anthony Montgomery) is troubled by the lab results. Nelle (Chloe Lanier) is pleasantly surprised. Franco (Roger Howarth) skips out on his date with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst). Ava (Maura West) makes her wishes known. Sam (Kelly Monaco) worries for Jason (Billy Miller). Jason later comes to a realization on Tuesday (May 9). Franco makes his presence known. Nathan (Ryan Peavey) questions his future. Carly (Laura Wright) misplaces her trust. Nina (Michelle Stafford) is sent into a tail-spin.

Nina challenges Valetin’s (James Patrick Stuart) motives on Wednesday (May 10). Franco takes drastic action. Curtis’ (Donnell Turner) date with Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) hits a snag. Andre questions Anna’s (Finola Hughes) tactics. Elizabeth confides in Kiki (Hayley Erin). Sonny (Maurice Benard) gets bad news on Thursday (May 11). Carly’s suspicious grow. Andre notices a discrepancy. Nina looks to drown her sorrows. Curtis makes a discovery.

On Friday (May 12), Carly demands an explanation. Curtis shares what he knows. Jordan looks to Anna for advice. Griffin (Matt Cohen) takes Hayden (Rebecca Budig) by surprise. Michael (Chad Duel) is disappointed yet again (oh, just like the viewers). Coming soon: Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) wants what’s best for Carly.

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— This week on Days of our Lives (Global/NBC): Dario (Jordi Villasuso) asks Abigail (Marci Miller) out to dinner on Monday (May 8). Chad (Billy Flynn) prepares to leave for Greece to pick up the stolen amulet on Tuesday (May 9).

As Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) condition worsens on Wednesday (May 10), Marlena (Deidre Hall) desperately tries to get in touch with John (Drake Hogestyn). Eric (Greg Vaughan) attempts to help Nicole (Arianne Zucker) escape on Thursday (May 11).

Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) visits with Brady and is upset by his rapidly declining health on Friday (May 12). Sonny (Freddy Smith) and Paul (Christopher Sean) plan to fly to Greece in pursuit of Deimos (Vincent Irizarry). Coming soon: Chloe gets a new job opportunity.

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— This week on The Bold and the Beautiful (CTV Two/CBS): On Monday (May 8), Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) wants Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) to be certain that she is completely over him before she marries Bill (Don Diamont). Thomas (Pierson Fodé) admits to Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) about going against the Forrester family’s wishes and why he did it. The soon-to-be unemployed Spectra staff packs up the offices on Tuesday (May 9) as Sally (Courtney Hope) prepares to leave Los Angeles. Liam (Scott Clifton) breaks Bill’s confidence and divulges the secret about his father and Spectra Fashions.

Bill pays a visit to the Spectra Fashions with every intention obtaining ownership of the property on Wednesday (May 10). Steffy reveals information to Thomas that makes him change his mind about Sally and her company. Thomas becomes Sally’s knight in shining armor during her greatest hour of need on Thursday (May 11). Steffy has no regret about her actions even though they could cause a strife in her family.

On Friday (May 12), Zende (Rome Flynn) gets an opportunity at Forrester Creations that he’s been dreaming of. Bill has the bittersweet pleasure of informing Ridge about Thomas’ recent gallant behaviour that will cause them both financial losses. Coming soon:

Mick Cain is back as CJ this week. He’ll be airing on May 8, 10 and 11.

Sheryl Underwood returns as Emmy on May 10.

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