Fans of the top-rated The Young and the Restless have been wondering just what will happen to the character of Adam Newman as played by Justin Hartley, following Hartley’s primetime series This Is Us getting greenlit by NBC. Many were hoping Justin would be able to appear on both shows. But As viewers witnessed this week on Y&R’s 11,000th episode, Adam, following an explosion, and a vengeful Chloe’s (Elizabeth Hendrickson) machinations, is believed to be dead. Thus, allowing for the character, and Hartley, to make his grand exit from the show spelling the end of his fantastic run.
Late Friday night, Hartley to took his official facebook page to confirm his exit from Y&R, and delivered a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the fans of the daytime drama, but also relating his hope and excitement for his much-talked-about new fall series to kick-off. Here’s what Justin shared below:
Justin on his exit: “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.
Although I’m leaving the show, you haven’t gotten rid of me. Hahaha…not so fast. I’m beyond thrilled and proud of my new series, This Is Us. We have a sensational cast and crew, wonderful writing and I would be honored to have you all tune in and watch. Here is a preview of what’s to come on This Is Us, premiering September 20th on NBC. I’ll see you beauties in a couple of weeks! Justin”
Through Hartley’s run as Adam, he continually delivered emotional and nuanced performances, and as we all know Justin possesses that “It” factor star quality that has brought him success in both primetime and daytime roles. Hartley earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Lead Actor this year for his performance of Adam, and we wouldn’t be surprised if his name will be in the hat for next year, too.
Share your thoughts on Justin’s departure from Y&R … and his “thank you” to you, the fans, of the show for all your support, as he begins his exciting new journey on This Is Us premiering on September 20th in the comment section below! But first take a look at the promo, once again, from This Is Us.