Ricky Paull Goldin & Beth Ehlers (Soaps.com)

In a message released to his fans, Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro) has stated:

I want you to be one of the first to know that I’m planning on leaving “Guiding Light” when my contract expires in a couple of weeks. “Gus” has been a huge part of my life and I will really miss portraying him and bringing this character to life for you. My seven years on Guiding Light have been a wonderful experience. Now it’s time for a new adventure, a new chapter in my life. I will especially miss working with Beth Ehlers, since it doesn’t get any better than “Gus and Harley.”

Thank you! It means so much to me that you have shown your continued love and support for me and the character of “Gus.”

This personal statement comes after several months of speculation which suggested that he would be departing from the show. Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler issued the following statement: “We had really hoped Ricky would stay on as a member of the cast. Unfortunately we were not able to come to terms with his contract. We are sad to see him go and wish him the best.”