Kevin Costner leaving Yellowstone 2023

First, earlier this week an exclusive report from Entertainment Tonight revealed Kevin Costner will not be returning to the series.

Yellowstone has actually proven to be one of the most popular scripted series of the modern era. Momentum has continued to build over the years, with 12.1 million viewers watching Season 5 Part 1 last November, breaking its own record.

But since then, Taylor Sheridan’s neo-Western juggernaut has been plagued by rumors and speculation, much of it involving John Dutton star Kevin Costner.

Now that the flagship show is coming to an end, some are speculating whether or not Costner will return for the final six episodes. Whatever the outcome, fans may be wondering why the actors are leaving Yellowstone.

Why is Kevin Costner leaving Yellowstone?

Although Costner has yet to issue an official statement regarding his departure from Yellowstone, there is one main reason that likely plays a part in all of this: he is currently busy producing his four-film western epic Horizon.

Paramount show insiders told the New York Post in April that there is an “ego” issue between the two, and it isn’t necessarily one-sided. “Taylor is the star of her show,” he explained. “He’s the most important person in all of his shows.”

These rumors have been fueled by various non-show events, including Paleyfest. Sheridan, Costner and co-stars were set to attend the TV festival, but fans were disappointed when the event canceled at the last minute.

Several claims cited scheduling disagreements with Costner, who was busy with Horizon: An American Saga, with some suggesting that the actor was only willing to shoot the scene for a week.

Costner’s attorney Marty Singer previously denied the rumors, telling Puck News: “The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of Season 5 of Yellowstone is an absolute lie.”

In short, it looks like The Bodyguard star just doesn’t have time to focus on Yellowstone, which has appeared in a lead role since its first season in 2018.

Sources suggested to Variety earlier this year that “the issue appears to be Costner’s shooting schedule, with Costner being available for fewer days as the show progresses.”

What is Kevin Costner’s Net Worth and Salary?

Kevin Costner is an American actor, producer, and director who has a net worth of $250 million. At the peak of his career in the 1980s and 1990s, Kevin Costner was one of the highest-paid actors in the world thanks to roles in hit movies like “Dances with Wolves,” which he directed and starred in, and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”

In 1991 alone, Kevin earned $50 million thanks largely to his backend points on “Dances with Wolves.” Earning $50 million in 1991 is the same as earning $110 million today. The film went on to win seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. A year later backend points brought his payday for “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” to $40 million.

Kevin also earned a hefty paycheck of $14 million for his role in the 1995 blockbuster “Waterworld.” As of this writing Costner has won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, one Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. In recent years, Kevin has earned critical and popular praise for his work on the television series “Yellowstone.”

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