'90210' co-star Rob Estes to quit show

The CW has confirmed multiple online reports that Rob Estes, who plays Harry Wilson on 90210, is quitting the two-year-old series. “This is Rob’s last season on 90210,” according to a statement from The CW. “He’s a talented actor and we couldn’t have asked for a better Harry Wilson. But if fans tune in, they’ll understand why Rob’s character is leaving.”

The actor is reportedly leaving over compensation issues. He released this statement today: “This is my final season on 90210 and I wish the show, cast and crew nothing but the best. I am looking forward to spending time with my kids and exploring other opportunities.”

Though its become a critical hit under executive producer Rebecca Sinclair, 90210 is struggling in the ratings. The show is only averaging 2.08 million viewers, down 18% from last year. It’s currently the CW’s seventh most popular show, behind America’s Next Top Model, Vampire Diaries, and Smallville, among others.


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  • Avery

    Is it really? I thought it was among the top of their ratings. But if it’s all the same, it’s creatively better this season anything and I don’t think people will miss Harry. Was Harry an emotionally deep character? No. But is Dixon? (aside from the: “I’m adopted and I’m black, and I remember everything when I was seven” shpeal) No. But he’s a good character to have around for the story. The point here is, Dixon has a part to play in the show and unfortunately for Rob Estes, his character wasn’t.

    • collegesinglesmatch

      He’s a good guy

      • Avery

        Yes! He is a good guy, but his character lacks in the writing compartment

    • Hillary

      I was hoping his storyline with Kelly would evolve into something juicy, at least his character had a reason to mix with the other kids. Assuming Lori Laughlin stays on until the “college years,” I wonder if she will have a bigger role?

      • Eric

        I bet he leaves with Kelly, who has also said she is done with the series.

  • Zoe

    Verrry interesting. My first reaction was that this does not bode well for the series. How can you lose the father of the main family? It’s like if Jim Walsh left at the end of season 2 of the original, when Brandon and Brenda were still in high school! Hopefully they will come up with a good storyline to explain the departure. Maybe Estes sees the writing on the wall, though.

    • Courtney

      Now all they have to do is get rid of Aunt Becky. She is by far the worst non-teen character on the show.

  • Tom

    This season has been ridiculous, I’m not suprised he is leaving. I wonder how his character would exit? Would make sense if the druggy guy killed him in revenge for harry’s daughter killing his uncle.

  • robinepowell

    That’s too bad. I don’t know how the show will be without him there, to the point it might not be renewed for a third season. ;)

  • Melissa

    Wow. Bummer. I thought he was great on the show.

    • mishka

      Actually, he was too great for the ridiculous part he was given on 90210. He’s still the sexy and handsome “Kyle”, he made the right choice, he would definitely find more interesting roles.

  • Nicholas

    actually the ratings arent averaging 2.08 the ratings are about 2.4 or 2.5 because of dvr ratings added to the live rratiings

  • Josie

    I bet Annie’s psycho boyfriend is going to kill him.

  • Don J

    I think it’s good that Rob is leaving. Harry is such a waste of a character. I think he gets maybe 5 mins of screentime tops. The show focuses alot more on the kids anyways.

  • Jon Locke

    Who cares??? Lost is freakin back in just 13 days

    • Christy

      So, snot everyone loves Lost, there are Glee fans, Being Erica fans, 90210, Vampire Diaries, but thank you Mr.pushy Who cares.

  • Lisa

    Seventh most popular show on the CW? Aren’t there, like, 8 of them?

    • Brett

      So that would be like saying Billy is the fourth most popular Baldwin?

      • RyRyNYC

        LMAO… literally have me in stitches with that one!

  • Rion

    Doesn’t the CW only have eight series? So that means the only show less popular than 90210 is Melrose Place.

    The show’s lack of interest in bringing back original characters like Dylan and David caused me to quit the show at the end of the first season. I’d be happy if it were cancelled.

    • teendramawhore

      According to Nielsen ratings released in December, MP and 90210 were among the least watched shows of 2009, so I think your statement is correct.

  • Michael

    Maybe he’ll rejoin Heather Locklear and Josie Bissett by guesting on the new Melrose Place as his old Melrose character Kyle McBride

  • Whatever

    Hmm… How is he going to leave ? Except dying, I really don’t see. But would they do such thing even for the season finale ? And, as Jennie Garth is leaving too, maybe there’s going to be something between them (not a storyline I would approve of but who knows).

  • shannonbone

    since when is 90210 considered a critical hit!

    • RyRyNYC

      well… take into consideration EW gave Transformers 2 a B. So it really does not take much for something to be called a critical hit by Entertainment Weekly.

      • Belle

        And they called Martin Scorsee speech at the Golden Globes the worst on their Best/Worst List, I’m not surprised they called 90210 a “critical hit” Next thing you know, they will call Megan Fox the next Meryl Streep

  • AliB

    I actually thought that the show has improved since the first season. I don’t feel that Estes played a part in the improvement. I care more about the story than the actual characters anyway.

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