The Bitterroot Valley and Missoula have been hosts to a major television production this past few years. Season 5 of the hit television drama, "Yellowstone" was exclusively filmed here in our own backyard. In seasons 1-3, the show had been mostly filmed in Utah, and occasional scenes took place on Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, MT. But, for seasons 4 and 5, the entire production moved to Montana.

Many of us signed up to be extras on the show. In fact, I am a little jealous I didn't try to somehow make it on the show. It is one of my favorites. Regardless, the filming that took place did have a handful of Kevin Costner sightings from residents of Missoula and the Bitterroot.

I hope you enjoyed the occasional "Costner" sightings. It looks like we won't be seeing much of the Oscar-award-winning actor.

Rumors about Costner's possible departure from the show have been circulating for months. Some reports said he was done with the show, while others said he was coming back. FINALLY, the man himself has set the record straight and announced that he has officially called it quits with Season 5 of "Yellowstone." Watch Costner's message on Instagram.

"I just realized that I am not going to be able to continue."

News of Costner's departure from the show comes at the same time as the show announces the premiere of Season 5 (part 2) of "Yellowstone."

How will the show go on without Costner? We will find out on November 10th on the Paramount Network.

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Gallery Credit: KC

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