THE Young and the Restless star Jordi Vilasuso has shaded the TV show for how it handled his character’s “shocking” exit storyline.
His role as Rey Rosales came to an end this week after he was found dead in a horrific car accident.
The Young and the Restless fans had been wondering for almost a month now how the show was going to write out Rey, ever since Jordi revealed he was fired.
Now that his character’s death was revealed during Wednesday’s episode, the 40-year-old actor opened up a bit about how unhappy he is with how his story wrapped up.
On his podcast Making It Work with his wife Kaitlin, the two shaded Y&R for how they handled everything, while thanking fans for their overwhelming support.
They opened up the episode by jumping right into a discussion on his exit, with the mother of two cryptically shading the show and its scripts, saying: “I had thoughts on your exit storyline, for sure.”
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Her husband Jordi, 30, couldn’t really find the words and sounded upset as he agreed, saying “Mhm, so did I,” before adding a sarcastic chuckle in response to the whole situation.
He and Kaitlin both ackownledged how “nice” it was “to hear some of those thoughts echoed” by fans on social media.
“Because it was a little shocking, the exit,” Kaitlin continued, as a resigned Jordi continued to say “yeah” and agree with everything his wife said.
The 35-year-old went on: “That was, what it was. But it was really nice that people are saying, ‘Hey, Rey deserved better than that!’”
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Jordi jumped in to add that he, too, has “really appreciated all the love and support online.”
He went on to share that he also received a nice call from his co-star Peter Bergman, who plays Jack Abbott on the soap opera.
The two had a “lovely” chat that Jordi said felt like a “great way to move on” from this chapter of his career.
Returning to the topic of his show departure a little while later on the podcast, Jordi shared: “When we found out the news that Rey Rosales was not going to be on the Y&R canvas anymore, I fel a lot of feelings.
“And, processing that, I felt like, ‘Well, I’m gonna let a job define how I live my life? Define who I am?’
“I said, ‘F that! No!’”
In Tuesday's episode, viewers knew Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) had swerved off the road and gotten into an accident, but they didn’t know if she was going to die or if anyone else was involved.
The next broadcast saw her knocked out in her car as it started up in flames, but she survived after Ashland Locke (Robert Newman), who it turned out was driving behind her, got her out and saved her.
At the very end of the episode, fans found out that Rey was driving from the other direction and ended up being killed after crashing into a ditch.
Ashland shared the sad news with Victoria, telling her: “I checked the other car. It had gone into a ditch. It was damaged much worse than either of ours.”
She asked: “And the driver?”
“There was nothing I could do,” he told her sadly. “The other driver didn’t make it.”
Ashland then added: “I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it was someone you know. Rey Rosales.”
The episode came to an end as she just kept repeating to herself over and over, “Oh my God.”
Fans immediately took to Twitter to blast Y&R for not only killing off Rey but for not even giving his character, and the actor who portrays him, the decency of having him throughout the episode.
“I am so so disappointed in how #YR handled Rey's exit,” one social media user wrote. “That character deserved so much better than this.”
Another said: “What a terrible way to write out Rey. Dying in a car accident.”
Jordi announced his departure from the soap last month in a social media post.
Along with a headshot of himself, Jordi took to Instagram to thank the show for some great years and to share what he’s loved most about being part of it all.
He wrote: “Playing Rey Rosales and being part of the Rosales family was a beautiful chapter in my career.
“I was proud to represent my culture on daytimes #1 drama and work with an incredible cast and crew that I will miss dearly.
“Thank you @youngandrestlesscbs for always welcoming me and giving me the opportunity to tell stories that impacted millions.”
Jordi later revealed on his podcast that he had been fired from the show and wasn't leaving on his own accord.
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He shared: “I had re-signed back in October for another three years.
“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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