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Justin Hartley on ‘Y&R’ Exit: “Thank You for Letting Me Entertain You”

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THIS IS US -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: Justin Hartley as Kevin -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

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.

[mks_pullquote align=”left” width=”300″ size=”14″ bg_color=”#f2f2f2″ txt_color=”#0a0a0a”]To the wonderful fans of Y&R,

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:

[/mks_pullquote]The Smallville and Emily Owens M.D. alum was cast on The Young and the Restless in the fall of 2014, taking over the role of the very popular Adam Newman. Since his debut, Hartley’s been front and center in the show’s major storylines, his last of which saw his character jailed for a murder he didn’t commit and was set to be released until, during a mental breakdown, he viciously attacked a guard he believed to be his father while in a delusional state. Adam was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, but before he could be taken to jail, his father Victor (Eric Braeden) sprung him and arranged for Adam to leave the country with his wife Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and son Connor.

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.

Ryan White-Nobles
Ryan White-Nobles is Editor-in-Chief of TV Source Magazine. He's began covering entertainment and soap operas in 2005. In 2009 he co-launched Soap Opera Source, and led the TV Source rebrand in 2012. He's a natural #Heel who loves a spirited debate and probably watches too much TV. Follow him on Twitter at @SourceRyan to discuss all things TV, soaps, sports, wrestling and pop culture.

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