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Out actor Greg Rikaart wants character on The Young and the Restless to be revealed as gay

Out actor Greg Rikaart wants character on The Young and the Restless to be revealed as gay

Greg Rikaart has a wish for his character on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless.

‘I want him to come out,’ the actor told Gay Star News on the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Rikaart, who came out publicly as gay in 2013, has played the role of Kevin for 11 years and won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal in 2005.

‘I think it would be a super interesting story to tell,’ he says. ‘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 make sense for the character?

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

Rikaart’s push for a gay storyline comes at a time when NBC rival Days of Our Lives has had a gay love triangle on the front burner.

Another of the four US daytime soaps remaining, ABC’s General Hospital, also has two of its gay male characters in a relationship that is very physical while CBS’s other soap, The Bold and the Beautiful, is set to introduce a second trans character next month.

The Young and the Restless has dabbled with gay characters over the past six years then quickly retreated.

The character of Phillip Chancellor III returned to the show after a 20 year absence in 2010 as an openly gay man but was soon gone again. Phillip did not have a love interest during his short return.

The thought to be completely straight character of Adam Newman slept with his gay lawyer and friend Rafe to get out of a jam. But the Adam and Rafe storyline did not develop further with the two never even sharing an on-screen kiss.

But Rikaart is not deterred by that track record.

‘Maybe they were just waiting for the right time and the right character.’