The Young and the Restless will soon be losing one of its younger stars -- with possibly more to follow. Though unconfirmed by the show, Soap Central has learned that Thad Luckinbill (J.T. Hellstrom) will be exiting the show in November.
According to a Luckibill's wife and co-star Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman), Luckinbill opted not to renew his contract with the show. That decision comes as the actor has seen increased interest from primetime series. In fact, Luckinbill will be seen in the October 9 edition of CBS's CSI.
"It's a blessing in disguise," Heinle shared with Soaps In Depth. "He's never been in this position before. [He] is going to grow as a person and as an actor. [...] Now that he has nothing holding him back, you just wait -- he's going to [succeed even more]. I know it. He's going to be so happy that this has happened."
Though Heinle intimates that it was Luckinbill's decision to leave The Young and the Restless, her remarks seem to draw that statement into question.
The Young and the Restless does not comment on contracts, so the show neither confirms nor denies Luckinbill's exit -- or the circumstances of an exit.
In real life, Luckinbill met Heinle on the Y&R set, and the pair was married in March 2007. In November of that same year, the couple welcomed their first child, Thaddeus.
Luckinbill joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 1999 on a recurring basis. Three years later, the actor was offered a contract.
Luckinbill filmed his final scenes on September 29. He will last air on November 5.