It's absurd to think he's lasted 12+ years now.
Recently while recuperating from surgery I attempted to watch Y&R. Just awful. Boring repetitive stories and to my amazement long term characters had been recast. I had to google who the hell half the people were. I'm not sure why daytime soaps continue with the recast option. It reeks of desperation and laziness. If I created a soap I'd stick with the core characters and if any actor hinted at a pay rise or wished to move on I'd be ruthless and kill off the character.I mean, Y&R has seen their ratings almost halved in the past decade.