Kevin Costner To Exit ‘Yellowstone’ After Season 5 Amid Divorce Chaos: Report

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Sources close to the “Yellowstone” production said Wednesday that Kevin Costner will not be returning after season five, Entertainment Tonight (ET) reports.

Costner will be reprising his leading role of John Dutton to close out the fifth season of the show, but will not be returning for any potential sixth season, the outlet reported, citing unnamed sources. Rumors have been circulating for months surrounding Costner’s allegedly declining relationship with the show’s co-creator, Taylor Sheridan, and Costner’s wife recently hit him with a divorce filing Monday.

Multiple other sources say there is still no confirmed update on when the rest of the cast and crew will be returning to Montana to close out the second half of season five, ET continued. A Paramount Network spokesperson told ET in April that they have no news to report on the show’s future, but that Costner “is a big part of ‘Yellowstone’ and we hope that’s the case for a long time to come.”

While we wait for the future of the Dutton-Yellowstone ranch to be revealed, what can we look forward to? Well, Sheridan has more than 10 projects on the docket with Paramount, one of which will be a “Yellowstone” extension starring Matthew McConaughey. (RELATED: Stunning Updates In ‘Yellowstone’ Off-Screen Saga Will Have Fans Stressed As Heck)

Other projects include the spinoff prequel “Bass Reeves,” a western based on the life of the first black U.S. marshall of the same name. Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman are also joining a slew of other huge names in Sheridan’s CIA-inspired drama, “Lioness.” So we won’t be short of great entertainment, but we may be waiting for awhile to find out who will become the true heir of the “Yellowstone” series.