Fan favorite Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, Y&R) addressed his long-rumored exit from The Young and the Restless on his official Facebook Page, thanking fans for their support.
Hartley last aired in the series 11,000 episode (September 1), which saw his character presumably die in an explosion caused by his wife’s best friend Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson). The episode capped a tremendous near 2-year run as one of daytime’s most complex and complicated characters of the new millennium.
The actor’s status with the soap has been in a state of flux since NBC picked up This Is Us for the fall season, which he stars as Kevin. He spoke about Y&R during the recent Television Critics Association summer press tour saying, “There’s definitely a break at Y&R. I don’t know if I can do both shows. I try to stay out of that, and gladly don’t wear that hat.”
Hartley wrote a lengthy message on Facebook thanking the Y&R fans for their support and letting him into their homes every day.
After many weeks of having to keep quiet in order not to spoil storylines for all of you, the time has finally come that I’m able to write you this letter. Although I am saying goodbye to Y&R, this is not a goodbye letter. I felt it was more important to write a thank you note. Each and every one of you helped make my time on the show enjoyable. I always loved hearing about how excited all of you were for certain characters, how disgusted you were with others, at times even mine, or how we were able to help you escape from a hectic day. You are some of the most loyal and dedicated fans I’ve ever encountered. You are truly the heart of the show. It simply does not work without you. I wanted to thank you for that. Thank you for tuning in; thank you for letting me entertain you; thanks for entertaining me, and thank you for caring.
Read Justin’s full statement here: https://www.facebook.com/justinhartley/posts/10153727012780812
Justin Hartley will definitely be missed as Adam Newman. Be sure to watch him this fall when This Is Us premieres September 20 on NBC. We had the privilege of screening the first episode a few months ago and it was one of the best pilots I’ve seen in years.