Kevin Costner not returning to Yellowstone: ‘I’ll see you at the movies’

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The Paramount Network has announced the return date for the final episodes of Yellowstone, but fans hoping for Kevin Costner’s comeback will be disappointed. Costner has officially confirmed via social media that he will not return to the hit series.

Costner made the announcement through a video post on Instagram, starting with, “An update for you guys. I’ll see you at the movies.” He elaborated, “I want to reach out and let you know that after this long year and a half of working on Horizon and doing all the things that’s required, and thinking about Yellowstone, that beloved series that I love, that I know you love, I just realized that I’m not going to be able to continue Season 5B or into the future.”

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January 7, 2024 – Beverly Hills, California – Kevin Costner. 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Photo Credit: Billy Bennight/AdMedia

He added, “It was something that really changed me. I loved it. And I know you loved it. And I just wanted to let you know that I won’t be returning and I love the relationship we’ve been able to develop and I’ll see you at the movies.”

Earlier on Thursday, Paramount revealed that the second half of the fifth and final season of Taylor Sheridan‘s series will premiere on Sunday, November 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The announcement did not specify whether Costner’s character, John Dutton, would appear in these final episodes. Fans had to look for recent interviews to find out more about Costner’s involvement in the show's conclusion.

In a recent interview with People, Costner expressed disappointment over the lack of support from his former co-stars when initial reports blamed his absence solely on his filming schedule for Horizon: An American Saga. “I read all the stories,” he said. “I was disappointed that nobody on their side…ever stepped up to defend what it was I actually did for them. There came a moment where I thought, ‘Wow, when is somebody going to say something about what I have done versus what I haven’t done?’”

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LOS ANGELES – APR 9: Kevin Costner at the Warner Brothers CinemaCon Press Line at the Caesar's Palace Theatre on April 9, 2024 in Las Vegas, CA. Photo by Carrie Nelson

Despite his departure, Costner mentioned that he would be open to returning to wrap up the Yellowstone saga under specific conditions. “I’ve always felt that…It might be an interesting moment to come back and finish the mythology of this modern-day family,” he said. “And if that happens, I would step into it if I agreed with how it was being done.”

On June 17, Costner told Today that he hadn't entirely closed the door on returning to Yellowstone. “Number one, I did it for five years, OK, and I want to work more than once a year. We lost an entire year at one point, and I thought, ‘Well that can’t ever happen again.’ It was well over a year.”

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April 11, 2016 – New York, New York- Kevin Costner. “Criminal” New York Premiere. Photo Credit: Mario Santoro/AdMedia

The second half of Yellowstone‘s Season 5 had been delayed due to the writers’ strike, adding to the anticipation and speculation about the series' conclusion.


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