Get ready, Young and the Restless fans. It looks like Justin Hartley is leaving the daytime show. While we don’t have 100 percent confirmation from Hartley or CBS, there are a few clues that the network is preparing for his exit.
Hartley is about to embark on the biggest step in his career with NBC’s highly anticipated fall show, This Is Us. With prominent cast members like Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, this show is going to be a total game-changer in his life.
While many Y&R fans would love to see Hartley doing both shows, the signs are all there that he has to leave daytime. In an interview with Michael Fairman at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour for NBC in August, Hartley talked about balancing Y&R, This Is Us and his guest-star role on ABC’s Mistresses.
“I’m going to have to do this for a little bit here. There’s a definitely a break [at Y&R]. I don’t know if I can [do both shows],” Hartley said. “I try to stay out of that, and gladly don’t wear that hat. I’m on all three networks… for the moment.”
It’s like Hartley knew that straddling three different shows would have to end at some point. Adam Newman is a key character on Y&R. He’s not a part-time kind of guy, so the producers at the soap need a full-time actor in the role.
The other smoking gun is the thinly disguised casting call that was put out this week. While the character was named “Dean,” CelebDirtyLaundry.com pointed out that he sounded just like Adam Newman.
The description was for a Caucasian man in his mid-30s who comes from a wealthy family and goes against the grain by trying to live a more positive life by staying away from his family’s greed. It’s not like Y&R to introduce a new character that’s similar to one they already have.
In fact, most of Hartley’s social media posts are about the NBC show or his appearance on Mistresses this summer. On Instagram, fans have to go back 17 weeks to see a Y&R post in which he welcomed fiancée Chrishell Stause to the show.
So brace yourself, Y&R fans, and savor every moment we have with Hartley in Genoa City. It looks like he’s headed to primetime on a full-time basis.