Jordi Vilasuso will be exiting the cast of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. The soap veteran and fan favorite has played Detective Rey Rosales on the sudser since 2018.
Soap Opera Digest reports the actor will depart this spring. No final airdate has been announced.
The Rey Rosales character was introduced as part of former head writer/executive producer Mal Young and then-CBS Daytime president Angelica McDaniel’s plan to expand diversity and shake up the series. The Rosales family consisted of Rey, brother Arturo, sister Lola and Rey’s ex-wife Mia. The family was met with mixed reactions and untimely were phased out one by one. Vilasuso’s departure means the entire family has now been written out.
Vilasuso commented on his exit to SOD in a lengthy statement:
“Playing Rey Rosales on The Young and the Restless for the past four years has been an incredible experience that has brought me immense joy as an actor. I want to thank [former executive producer and head writer] Mal Young for creating the Rosales family and [former CBS exec] Angelica Rosas McDaniel for championing the representation of Hispanics on daytime’s number one drama. Many thanks to Sony Television, [Sony exec] Steve Kent, (Executive Producer) Tony Morina and the current leadership at CBS that have kept the show shinning during the COVID pandemic and onward. Thank you to Josh Griffith [Head Writer/Executive Producer], who gave me the opportunity to synch my teeth into storylines that were some of the highlights of my career in this genre. Thank you to Sharon Case (Sharon) and the rest of the cast for their craft, support, and professionalism. And a special thanks to Matt Kane for being the best publicist in the business. The show has been number one and continues to be because of the incredible work ethic and passion from its leadership, cast, production, and crew. I will miss it, remember it fondly, and look forward to what the next chapter will be!
Jordi Vilasuso, known for his Daytime Emmy winning role as Tony Santos on CBS’ Guiding Light, went on to join ABC’s All My Children in the fall of 2010 as Dr. Griffin Castillo. Vilasuso reprised his AMC role in Prospect Park’s online version of All My Children in 2013. Vilasuso earned two nominations for Outstanding Younger Actor while on Guiding Light, taking home the win in 2003.
In 2015, the actor was cast as Days of our Lives’ much older Dario Hernandez. Dario was written out in 2017 after a change in creative teams.
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. Episodes are also available on Paramount Plus.