Did we know that Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause are engaged now? (I’m pretty sure I did not.) Hartley talks about the engagement, among other things, in an interview after the TCA panel for his new NBC drama This Is Us. Michael Fairman pulled together some excerpts from the interview, and while I didn’t really get any clarity on how this affects Hartley’s ability to continue at Y&R, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such superlative praise for a show from anyone (for This Is Us, not Y&R, to be clear).
I never really pay attention to real-life pairings, so the news about Hartley and Stause was indeed news to me. Best wishes to them!
It sounds like Hartley will try to stay with Y&R for the time being. But if “This is Us” is successful, I imagine that he will eventually call it quits with the sudser.
His departure would be a big loss for Y&R, but I think that will be down the road a bit.
My gut is telling me that if This Is Us hits even moderately big he will be exiting Y&R. I’d be shocked if they weren’t already prepping for a recast as we speak.
For one this would have to tank really hard for it not to be a big huge hit.