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Rey Rosales actor explains real reason he left Young and Restless in revealing podcast

Darcy Rafter April 22, 2022
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Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) has been killed off of The Young And The Restless in a tragic turn of events. As the last remaining member of the Rosales family in Genoa City, fans grieve his death as it marks the end of an era. 

Rey has had his fair share of drama on the show, such as when his wife, Mia Rosales, slept with his brother Arturo. Although, the heat intensified and the drama began bubbling in more recent episodes, when Rosales met his fate.

After four years galavanting in Genoa City, Daytime Emmy winner Jordi Vilasuso has officially left his role as Rey on The Young And The Restless. Let’s discover why he has exited the show as the actor announces the news on Instagram and his podcast.

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Why did Rey leave The Young And The Restless?

In the second episode of Jordi’s podcast with his wife Kaitlin, titled Making It Work, the actor discussed his departure from Y&R. “Rey is leaving Genoa City,” he revealed. “My last week of work was two weeks ago.”

Kaitlin admitted that the news of her husband getting let go from the soap came as a shock. However, Vilasuso notes that he ‘should have seen it coming’ explaining that “the scripts that I (he) was given were very minimal.”

Jordi has explained to followers that his tragic exit from The Young And The Restless was no choice of his, instead, the show did not re-sign his contract. The actor told his podcast listeners,

“I had re-signed back in October for another three years,” Jordi explained. “But in these contracts, there are six-month intervals where the show can decide not to re-sign you for the next six months. So that’s what happened.”

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Rey Rosales’s tragic exit from The Young And The Restless

Genoa City’s best detective, Rey Rosales, has met a tragic demise after being involved in a fatal car crash.

Rosales was a devoted husband to Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) and a valued Genoa resident. In his final moments he was taking Chelsea Lawson (Melissa Claire Egan) and her son Connor Newman (Judah Mackey) to a hockey game. When he realised that he had forgotten the tickets, he rushed back home to get them. Tragically, on his way back he had a car crash with Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) and Ashland Locke (Robert Newman). Victoria was saved by Ashland, but sadly Rey was killed.

Fans had hoped that Rey would briefly leave instead of being killed, in order to leave the character’s return open. Although, don’t worry too much, a soap death is never a long goodbye, only a brief farewell.

What do you think, could Rey be brought back to life in the future?

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.