Y&R's Greg Rikaart Talks Chipmunks, Phyllis' Capers and That Twitter Beef With Melissa Reeves
Just when things were starting to look up for Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) on The Young and the Restless, he had to go and get mixed up with Phyllis Newman (Michelle Stafford)! TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan chatted with Rikaart to find out what's going to happen once the police and Kevin's big brother—District Attorney Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc)—learn he's somehow connected to a very dead Dr. Tim (Aaron Lustig)!
Rikaart also shared why he felt strong enough about Days of Our Lives' Melissa Reeves "free speech" tweet in support of anti-LGBT Chick-fil-A to take a very public stance against her. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
TV Guide Magazine: So accurate that I hear even Kevin's brother, Michael [Christian LeBlanc], will think he has a shady connection to Reid's death.
Rikaart: Kevin is so ethically challenged it was only a matter of time before he and Michael were on opposite sides of the law, especially now that Michael is the D.A. Before this, Kevin always went to his brother for help. Not this time. He decides to lie to him, which only make things worse. Michael will insist that Kevin come down to the police station and meet with Beth face-to-face. But it's really no crime to move a dead body...is it?
TV Guide Magazine: Some folks feel you attacked Reeves' right to free speech.
Rikaart: No one is saying that Melissa Reeves doesn't have a right to free speech. Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, is also entitled to his opinions and beliefs but he's funding organizations that are hate groups, organizations that want to criminalize homosexuality in this country and throughout the world, and that's where Melissa Reeves' alignment is really disappointing to me. I am proud to stand up and be an advocate for LGBT rights. This is the last hurdle of the civil rights movement. I'm glad this is such a hot-button issue. I'm glad people are so impassioned about it, even the people who are against equality for all Americans because they are reacting out of fear, fear that the LGBT community is winning. And it is winning! Part of why I stand up and am proud to be an advocate is because this is less about grownups than it is about children. This is no different than kids being bullied in a schoolyard. People wonder why there is an epidemic of bullying in this country. Well, it's because kids are learning it from the grownups, from people like Melissa Reeves who is a grown-up bully. I believe in respecting everyone's religious beliefs but those beliefs don't belong anywhere near my rights or anyone else's.
To find out how Rikaart really felt about the infamous Chipmunk bank robber storyline, click here!