In what will go down as one of the least surprising exit announcements in soap history, Justin Hartley has confirmed that his two-year stint on CBS’ The Young and the Restless has come to an end. The news comes in the wake of his character Adam Newman’s presumed death and two weeks ahead of the premiere of Hartley’s buzzy new NBC drama This Is Us.
In a letter on his Facebook page addressed to “the wonderful fans of Y&R,” Hartley wrote, “After many weeks of having to keep quiet in order not to spoil [Adam’s ‘death’] 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.
“Although I’m leaving the show, you haven’t gotten rid of me,” he continued. “I’m beyond thrilled and proud of my new series, This Is Us, premiering September 20th on NBC.”
Hartley joined Y&R in August 2014, succeeding fan fave Michael Muhney.