It's Done! Kevin Costner's Exit from "Yellowstone": John Dutton Sets the Record Straight

Are you still hopeful about Kevin Costner returning to "Yellowstone"? Give it to John Dutton to correct the record. Using social media, Costner announced that his five-season run as the lead actor in the popular Paramount series "Yellowstone" is officially gone.

"I just realized that I am not going to be able to continue," the actor-director said on Instagram late Thursday, during the premiere of his movie "Horizon: An American Saga."

After leaving the spotlight for almost a year, the 69-year-old Oscar winner shot down rumors that he will make a comeback. When Costner's departure from the "Yellowstone" trip became official in September 2023, it was during a Santa Barbara divorce hearing from Christine Baumgartner, despite reports of the departure dating back to February 2023. He alluded to problems in negotiations at the time with the studios responsible for the acclaimed series.

The popular series will conclude in May 2023, with its episodes released in two installments, according to a statement from Paramount. A comeback for "season 5B or into the future," according to Costner, is already improbable.

After its 2018 debut, Taylor Sheridan's "Yellowstone" quickly became a network hit series. Playing the patriarch of the Dutton family, who has the biggest ranch in Montana, was Costner. He was recognized for his performance in 2023 with a Golden Globe. "Yellowstone" is a "beloved series that I love, that I know you love," Costner assured viewers at the opening of his Instagram video.

It was something that really transformed him, he continued. I wanted to let you know that while you and I both enjoyed it, I will not be going back.

Promoting "Horizon," which was purportedly a factor in Costner's decision to quit "Yellowstone," he made his remark publicly. Sheridan's "Horizon" schedule and how it supposedly interfered with his "Yellowstone" obligations were the source of Costner and Sheridan's reported disagreement last year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"It appears that he is very focused on his movie and wants to change his direction," Sheridan said to the Hollywood Reporter in June of last year. "I sincerely hope that the film is worthwhile and enjoyable." On June 28, "Horizon: An America Saga," the first of four films in the series, opens in theaters.


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