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Daytime Emmy Winner and Y&R Favorite, Greg Rikaart Joins Days of our Lives!

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Smart move Days of our Lives!  One of the most talented acting gents in the business, Greg Rikaart, is now joining the cast of the NBC daytime drama.

The news broke late today first via TV Line. No word yet on what role Rikaart will play, but he is set for a multi-episode arc that will air in the Spring of 2018, since DAYS tapes six months advance.

This is an exciting opportunity for both DAYS under head writer Ron Carlivati , and Rikaart to play another dynamic character on a daytime drama series.

As the story goes, Greg was let out of his contract after 14 years on The Young and the Restless in his role of Kevin Fisher, a part in which he won a Daytime Emmy for back in 2005 for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Flash forward: In recent weeks, Rikaart has returned to Y&R making some guest appearances, and according to sources cited in the TV Line piece, Rikaart’s landing at DAYS does not mean he will not recur on Y&R.

So, excited to hear Greg will be appearing on DAYS?  Who do you hope Rikaart gets mixed up in story with in Salem? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.

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su0000
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su0000

I really liked the awesome character Kevin and Greg ..
He will do well at days, he is bringing his talent to Days; good for Days good for Greg Greg ..

Brett
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Brett

YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!! Daytime Deities and Divas, please give me a romance between Greg and Chandler Massey!!!! For…uhm…purely storytelling reasons and not solely because they are two of the most adorable men on daytime!

Celia
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Celia

I agree. I so wanted Will and Sonny together. But, Brett, I like your premise.
I suppose too much time has passed for Sonny and Will? And, of course, there’s Paul to consider.
We shall see.

Jovin
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Jovin

Gross!!!! There is like a 15 year age difference!

Brett
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Brett

So what, it’s a soap opera? All the characters who aren’t children and grandparents are depicted ambiguously in terms of age. Besides, there’s 10 years between the actors who play Victor and Maggie, and 15 between the actors for Victor and Nikki (Y&R), and that’s believable.

Celia
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Celia

Funny, that. You’re right, of course, Jovin….For some reason I always have this picture of Greg being in his twenties.
On second thought, it is gross….just as gross as Kristina and Parker ( GH).

Michael
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Michael

Can you say ageism? I have dated men much older than me. So, it’s really not a big issue. If you have a problem with age differences on TV shows, then you’re not allowing yourself to suspend reality for an hour just to watch said show.

Patrick
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Patrick

these threads always give me alarm bells and whistles

my first thought… OMG

“He belongs on Y&R”

this is just another example of how valued he is as an artist

“Multi-episode arc” hmmmmm

much longer than a guest star arc…

we’ll take it

from what posts I’ve read on this site – and I believe a whole lot of em

Y&R without all the Baldwin troupe. is their loss

Mr. Greg Rikaart plus your family. welcome

Mo
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Mo

Yes, I’m excited to hear Greg is joining Days. I wonder who he’ll play and what story he’ll be involved in. Maybe a romance with Chloe? Or Paul?

Your loss Y&R.

Mo
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Mo

Is he joining Days for 2 or 3 episodes or 2 or 3 months or longer?

Judy
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Judy

would look good with chloe

Mo
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Mo

That would be funny if they did pair him with Chloe since his character’s love on Y&R is also named Chloe.

Timmm
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Timmm

I dont know how strong DOOL is but I give them all the credit in the world for trying! They make moves when things are not clicking. The right moves? To be determined but a guy like Greg, the show can only get better. We see Y&R weakening. Way back when they let Harding go. Hartley wasnt Y&R’s fault but they could have rocked the house bringing back Muhney! Now they lose Kevin. Its stupid, him and Mariah are off the charts, Chloe is still in hiding and Gloria is in town. Just stupid. Hey, but we get to watch… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Glo may be in town, but we hardly see her. Bring her back to the front. We need her!

Timmm
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Timmm

You are correct. She and Victor have been flirting. Maybe they have big future plans for her? Victor would hire her to piss off Jack and might even sleep with her since Jack and Nikki have been rubbing shoulders!

Celia
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Celia

All these women flitting around like moths to a light ( in this case, a dimming light, by the second) should compare notes.

This is for you, Timmmy: Gloria and Victor? It would certainly send Nikki would have a hissy fit……her nose is already up in the air; any more and it will touch the sky. Then, there’s Jack. How about a foursome?? Yucky.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

So right, Timm. But don’t forget the thrill of watching Charlie and Mattie trying to act.

Timmm
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Timmm

Dont forget Reed! Ugg!

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Soaphound….these kids are dull, but, at least, they’re still green….they have years to hone and own their craft, if they decide to stick with it.
Sam ( GH) is no better. What’s kelly’s excuse? Her time has come and gone.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Timmmy!!!! Please, my love…the thought of Victor doing the tango with anyone is synonymous to yuck!! How much viagra will he need? LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

I think he will steal Nick’s vitality along with his half billion dollars! After all, what can Victor NOT do?

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…where Victor is concerned, probably a BOATLOAD of Viagra…lol. Yep.

Have a good one, my friend.

Celia
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Celia

@jaybird369.
HaHaHa, Jay…you sure a boatful is enough? More like an Armada!!!!
Later, my friend.

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
What can Victor not do? …Hmmm…..Can’t do anything to have me, and that’s a fact !! His loss. LOL.

holly
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holly

This makes me very happy; Greg is my of my favorite actors. He was great on Y&R and sure he will be great on DOOL.

Celia
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Celia

Celebration!

Jimh
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Jimh

He like Eileen Davidson can do both shows..

Judy
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Judy

wow cant waite till he on wow he always been one by favor he wiil vewes with him

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Exactly!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Did anyone notice the breath of fresh air when Greg returned? He was so poised and handsome and clearly back where he belongs. I just grinned like a fool whenever he was onscreen. And I vainly hoped they would see how idiotic the decision was to let him go. But obviously DOOL sees his value, so best wishes to the Great Greg. I particularly enjoyed his scene with Cane. And while on Cane, can I just say (and I know I’ll get clobbered for this) that, if Juliet is on the level, I’m glad he and self-righteous Lily are kaput.… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Not lying? She did lie. Remember that whole sexual harassment lie. Cane lost his job because of that (yes he lied about things, but if Juliet hadn’t brought the suit I don’t think he would have lost his job). Then again, maybe they deserve each other: two liars.

Helen
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Helen

So glad you mentioned the boost of energy when Greg’s scenes aired. Something wonderfully different in the way he delivered lines, body language, facial expression. I miss him on Y& R.

Patrick
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Patrick

first: absolutely, Greg Rikaart brings a whole new level of REEL. it’s like I’ve said of Eileen Davidson… when these two are on… they make everything show up my reel post : Lily … ms. high brow she just irritates me to no end… every since “her” twins were sorased.. she’s taken on a whole new meaning of “biatch” hasn’t she who told her to amp up her ‘attitude ? she does not have presence enough just like her twins… with Devon. go backburner … bye bye the winters clan has never worked…save for Neal… whew WHICH – I will… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

This is where we disagree, Soaphound. LOL. Cane is a dog!!!! I am not excusing Lily….she did cheat, but she told Cane the truth. Cane lied. Plus, I am not so sure this baby is his. Cane and Lily will get back together….eventually. These couples go through cycles to create drama, which is not drama, at all. Same stuff…I guess the writers run out of stories? I do not like Cane. I never did. I wish Michael Graziadei would return. Lily had the best relationship with him. I like Lily. I love her fashion sense, as I do Hilary’s….we have… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Bless you, Celia, for reminding me of the Graziadei days. I liked he and Lily also. He is really sexy and was great in his scenes with Michelle Stafford too. And
Hilary/Mishael is a very stylish woman. She’s one of the rare young actresses who knows how to wear clothes, not having the clothes wear them. Victoria should take notes.

Boop
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Boop

I agree with you about Lily; she acts as if she never cheated. Plus, everyone else acts as if it never happened , also. She never said to her kids, dad forgave me when I had sex with a friend of his, twice. I am furious when the writers pretend that things never happened by having other characters pretend, also. Lily’s family is really hypocritical and unfair; upholding her in her decision to leave Cane; however, asking Cane to forgive her when she had sex with Joe. Amnesia has overpowered the whole cast.

Satan
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Satan

Let’s hope this isn’t the start of Ron Carlivati flooding Salem with newbies like he did when he was with GH. You could turn on the show 3 out of 5 days a week and not recognize anybody. And some of the ones you did recognize didn’t belong there because they were characters forced on the viewers from his previous show that got cancelled. Since this actor reportedly left his last gig because they wouldn’t write his character as “gay”, I’d guess he’s going to be somehow tied to Sonny, Will, or Paul. Most probably Paul’s new boyfriend, since there’s… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Y&R chose not to renew his contract, Satan.

Celia
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Celia

Are we sure Greg’s character will be gay, 4ever? It would be great if he could be free to display his true persona.

Celia
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Celia

Thanks for the explanation, 4ever. Great synopsis.

Mo
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Mo

Greg left Y&R because his character left with his gf who everyone thinks is dead. Considering Greg has been playing Kevin for 14 years and Kevin is straight, I don’t think Greg left because his character wasn’t gay. If so, why did he recently return?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

No, the truth is Y&R chose not to renew Greg’s contract. From that, there was speculation that Greg’s wishes for Y&R to reveal Kevin as gay was the deciding factor. Y&R didn’t want to deal with fans of Greg/Kevin pushing for Greg to have or not have his wish because Y&R just didn’t want to deal with the subject. Now, of course, they’re pussyfooting around a lesbian storyline. Possibly, because Sony distributes Y&R and DAYS, Sony was able to persuade DAYS to take on Greg and have him play a gay character per his wishes, something that Y&R wouldn’t grant.… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I agree with 4 ever DAYS. Sony agreed on this actors part and worked with Ron Carlivati to give GR a role he really wanted play. And once he’s done at DAYS I guarantee he’ll return to Y&R. I also suspect that wherever Will was Greg’s character was there with him. Sonny is set to be floored by Will again and his over active Sami genes when the character comes to Salem to claim Will back. And BTW who calls their own self SATAN LOL. And you answered back using his handle. ROFL. TOO MUCH!! SATAN!! LOL.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, that sounds better than Greg’s character coupling with Will. I like that, Satan.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Almost, but not quite sure, Celia. Greg said he wouldn’t mind Kevin being gay. Y&R eventually dropped Greg from contract status. DAYS, distributed by Sony who also distributes Y&R, hires Greg. It’s almost akin to the Eileen Davidson situation. They’re having to go to DAYS to sow their wild oats, so to speak, but Eileen is contracted to Y&R with outs for DAYS whereas an out and proud Greg was ousted for whatever reason(s) by Y&R and is under a short contract with DAYS.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Greg Rikaart is hardly a newbie. He has been employee by Sony for over a decade.

Mo
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Mo

That’s what I thought, but maybe OP classifies Greg as a newbie since he hasn’t been on Days before.

Greg can act. I think whatever character he plays, he will definitely contribute to the show and make it better.

blake
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blake

Great news! Involve him with Sonny, Paul and Will! I hope he’s going to be on Days longer, or recurring like he is on Y&R.

blake
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blake

Days is really pulling out all of the stops lately! It really is the best soap on TV again, all of the scenes are entertaining lately!

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Good pick up for days.It should be interesting to see what kind of character he plays.

Mateo
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Mateo

I bet ABC is really crapping in it’s diapers that they got rid of Ron Carlivati. He has brought this tragedy of a show back to life. Not only that but bringing back to life some of the most amazing characters. Judi Evans deserves an Emmy. I mean my GOD she has been on FIYA. They are bringing back Sami, Kristen, Rolf, Will, Vivian Alamain and telling some fun crazy ass stories. This is what DAYS is for. I look forward to what Greg Rikhaart will bring to the canvas. I really have say DAYS is improving quickly. Glad to… Read more »

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