Rumors Swirl About Yellowstone & Its Fate
Yellowstone aired its midseason finale for Season 5 in early January. The show promised to return with new episodes in the summer.
But as the weeks ticked by, rumors started swirling about behind-the-scenes drama. It all started will allegations that the series’ lead, Kevin Costner, wants to limit his time on set. Some reports claimed he only wanted to film for a week.
His attorney addressed these reports, and called them “ridiculous.”
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The Drama Continues As New Reports Surface
On April 18, the New York Post published a report claiming Yellowstone will end after Season 5. The report cited an anonymous “production source,” who claimed:
“Hopefully Kevin will return for the remaining episodes if everyone works together, but it looks like ‘Yellowstone’ will end after this season.”
Shortly after that, ShowBiz411 claimed to have communicated with a source familiar with the Yellowstone situation. This source alleged that show creator Taylor Sheridan is planning for John Dutton’s death once Season 5 returns:
“The whole team is down in Texas now meeting, and trying to figure out how to do it. I’m sure Taylor Sheridan has it worked out more or less,” ShowBizz411 reports the source as saying. “We all knew Kevin would leave eventually.”
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Another Report Surfaces About John Dutton’s Future Fate
Now, another report has been published about Costner’s (and therefore John Dutton’s) future on the show.
This new report comes from ET, and was published on Wednesday (May 3). ET cites “sources close to production,” who allegedly told the outlet, “Kevin Costner is not returning to Yellowstone after season 5.”
ET continued to claim:
“Additional sources also tell ET that there is still no update on when the cast and crew are going to return to Montana, where the series is filmed on location, to finish shooting season 5’s remaining episodes. As a result, there’s been a lot of confusion and frustration.”
ET says they reached out to Costner’s rep and a rep for Yellowstone for comment. Neither rep offered a statement to the outlet at the time of publication.
Kevin Costner is leaving ‘YELLOWSTONE’ after 5 seasons due to alleged drama with Taylor Sheridan.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) May 3, 2023
This new report comes in the midst of a tumultuous time for Costner. His wife of 18 years, Christine Baumgartner, filed for divorce on Monday (May 1).
Costner released a statement through his rep. It reads:
“It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr. Costner having to participate in a dissolution of marriage action. We ask that his, Christine’s, and their children’s privacy be respected as they navigate this difficult time.”
Stay tuned for any future updates on Yellowstone and Costner.