Kevin Coster wants to clap back.
Earlier this month, a shocking report surfaced stating the Golden Globe-winning actor refused to be on set for more than a week to shoot a new episode of Yellowstone.
This drama is the highest rated show on television.
By a wide margin.
The report even cites sources claiming creator Taylor Sheridan is ready to cancel Yellowstone… and replace it with a spin-off featuring Matthew McConaughey in the lead role.
Is there any truth to this rumor?
Not in the slightest, according to Costner’s lawyers.
“The idea that Kevin is only willing to work one week in the second half of Yellowstone’s fifth season is an absolute lie,” the 68-year-old actor’s attorney, Marty Singer, told Puck.News Tuesday.
“This is ridiculous—and anyone who suggests it shouldn’t be believed for a second.
“As anyone who knows something about Kevin knows, he is passionate about the show and always goes above and beyond to ensure its success.”
Yellowstone was a massive hit, averaging 8.2 million same-day viewers for Paramount Network, better than any scripted show on broadcast or cable networks so far this season.
Previously, a Paramount representative gave us a brief statement regarding allegations that Costner’s schedule disagreements had delayed his season 5 return:
“As we previously stated, Kevin has been a key component of our Yellowstone series success, and we look forward to continuing to do so from here on out.
“We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a huge part of Yellowstone, and we hope so for a long time to come.
“Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on expanding the franchise of this incredible world he has built.
“Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent we want to partner with.”
Yellowstone is expected to air the back half of Season 5 this summer.
However, the episode hasn’t even been filmed yet.
They are now reported to be shooting this summer and fall and airing in November.
The series also stars Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser, Luke Grimes, Kelsey Asbille, and Wes Bentley.