THE Young and the Restless fans have been left furious after the show killed off Rey in a horrific car accident during Wednesday’s episode.
The death comes after actor Jordi Vilasuso, who played the character, previously revealed he was leaving the show after he was fired.
After Jordi’s revelation, fans had been wondering for almost a month now how The Young and the Restless was going to write out Rey.
They finally got their answer during Wednesday’s new episode, and they were not happy.
At the end of Tuesday’s episode, viewers knew Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) had swerved on 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 latest 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 crashing into a ditch.
Ashland shared the sad news with Victoria, telling her: “I chcked 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.
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.”
A third tweeted: “No. I am not crying about Rey’s death. Right now I am too pissed to be crying.”
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.”
The 40-year-old actor continued: “As this door closes, others will and have opened.
“If you’re interested in hearing a little more about my story, check out our podcast, @makingitwork where @kaitlinvilasuso and share some more details of my exit and dig into embracing change!”
Jordi went on to open up more about leaving Y&R on his podcast with his wife Kaitlin Vilasuso, with whom he shares two kids.
On it, he revealed he was fired from the show and didn’t leave on his own accord.
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.”
At the time, some viewers blasted the soap for letting Jordi go and threatened to boycott over the disheartening news.
One upset fan tweeted, going on to reference the actor’s co-stars sending love to him online: “Y&R keeps messing up a good soap.
“Actors can offer all the well wishes, they still have a job. Jordi doesn’t.”
A second wrote: “Thank You Jordi! Seriously Y&R has gone mad and so are we about All the crazy crappy storylines & decisions.
“Just Unbelievably Outrageous & Vexing!! But we wish you the best of luck!”
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