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“We must embrace change.”
If you were caught off guard by the news that The young and the restless Jordi Vilasuso had let go, you were not alone. In the latest episode of the podcast that he and his wife Kaitlin recently launched, the couple reveal that they definitely didn’t see this coming, and for good reason.
“I had resigned [with Young & Restless] back in October for another three years,” the actor explains, “but in these contracts there are six-month intervals during which the show can decide not to cancel you for the next six months. So that’s what happened.”
Afterwards, he admits, “Maybe I should have seen the letters on the walls. The scripts I got were very minimal.”
However, there was every indication that Rey’s position in Genoa City was secure. “The other reason we were surprised,” says wife and co-host Kaitlyn, “was that they just shifted the storyline to Rey and Chelsea. And you and [Melissa Claire Egan] were excited about that.”
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Jordi agrees that he was excited about the potential pairing. “I’ve known Missy for over ten years and finally got to work with her!”
With a trace of sadness, he admits why this very role was important to him. “When I started, I loved being able to represent Hispanics,” he says, “and being allowed to represent where I’m from.” There was also the fact that he was allowed to anchor an entire family. “I loved the dynamics we all shared.”
He also loved the relationship forged between the actors who brought that clan to life and the audience. “I sometimes see people on Twitter saying, ‘I miss the Rosales family,'” he says, whistling. “Well, me too.”
Overall, though, the actor has “nothing but love” for the people he leaves behind, including TV wife Sharon Case, whom he calls “wonderful to work with.”
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Although this was Vilasuso’s fourth soap opera – which he had previously played guiding lightis Tony, all my children‘s Griffin and Days of our livesDario – his Genoa City stitch was the ‘longest run I’ve ever had on a show’.
As for the future, that has yet to be determined. But the couple (whose weekly podcast you can watch here) are wildly optimistic. “We need to embrace change and see what happens and be excited about the adventure,” he muses philosophically. “Because in the end it is an adventure. If we had all the answers, it would be a bit boring!”
While we wait for Rey’s ultimate fate, check out this photo gallery of other stars who have also left Genoa City in recent months.