Kevin Costner Addresses Fans And Confirms ‘Yellowstone’ Status

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Yellowstone fans have been waiting to hear about which cast members will be returning for the final episodes of the beloved show this fall. There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding Kevin Costner and the future of his character in the drama series. However, Costner has laid all of the rumors to rest and addressed fans’ questions. Keep reading to see what he has to say.

Taylor Sheridan & Kevin Costner Butted Heads On Set

Costner has played John Dutton III on Yellowstone for the last several years. He first appeared in the series in 2018. Then, during the 2023 Hollywood writer’s strike, production of the fifth season screeched to a halt. At the time, Paramount announced that it would be at least one year before Yellowstone would return.

On top of the writer’s strike, there were allegedly tensions on the set between Kevin Costner and the show’s creator, Taylor Sheridan. The award-winning actor was trying to figure out how to best manage his time between Yellowstone and directing his new film Horizon: An American Saga. 

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Despite rumors, Costner has said that he always “made Yellowstone the first priority, and to insinuate anything else would be wrong.” Not long ago, he spoke with Savannah Guthrie on Today and said that he would be open to returning to Yellowstone. Ultimately, the ball was in Sheridan’s court.

Now, Kevin Costner is on a press tour for his upcoming film Horizon: An American Saga. Part One of the four-part film series is set to make its debut on the big screen next week.

Costner Addresses Yellowstone Status

As he tours various news shows and does interviews, many people have been wondering if Costner will address his status on Yellowstone. After rumors about him leaving the show due to his salary demands not being met started, the actor has not come forward to say that he won’t be on the show.

In a recent Instagram post, Costner explained to fans that he will not be returning to Yellowstone as John Dutton. He has firmly put the role and the show behind him.


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The video went into detail about why he won’t be returning to the hit series. He has been mostly focused on working on Horizon: An American Saga. Over the last year and a half, that has been his focus and Costner said during this time is when he realized that it was really time to walk away from Yellowstone.

Kevin Costner co-wrote, directed, and starred in the Horizon film series. According to him, the Western has “really changed” him. He’s loved working on the project and it has been in the works for more than 30 years.

He also clarified that the only reason he was addressing Yellowstone at all was that he’s had a lot of people asking. Fans wanted to know and he confirmed that he “won’t be returning.”

Part Two of Season 5 of Yellowstone is set to premiere on November 10 on Paramount Network. They will also be available to stream on Paramount Plus along with the previous seasons.

Amanda Blankenship

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