In September 2016, Justin Hartley finally confirmed that he left Adam Newman behind to play a coveted role on the brand-new NBC series “This Is Us,” which is airing its very last episode on May 24, 2022, according to TV Insider.
When Hartley made the announcement he’d be joining this new drama that brought tears to fans’ eyes with each new episode for 6 seasons, he had nothing but good things to say about his character, Adam Newman, who was presumed dead in a cabin explosion.
“After many weeks of having to keep quiet in order not to spoil [Adam’s ‘death’] for all of you, the time has finally come that I’m able to write you this letter,” Hartley wrote on his Facebook page (via TV Line). “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. Although I’m leaving the show, you haven’t gotten rid of me. I’m beyond thrilled and proud of my new series, This Is Us, premiering September 20th on NBC.”
In the end, it turned out that Adam Newman was indeed alive, with Mark Grossman taking over the role in 2019, but Hartley didn’t seem to regret his decision to leave daytime soaps and the character behind.