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NATAS Clarifies ‘This Is Us’ & Ex-Y&R Star Justin Hartley Chose Not To Enter Daytime Emmy Competition!

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One of the most memorable performances in daytime drama in 2016, belonged to Justin Hartley for his performance as Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless.

But as fans know, Hartley left the series last fall to star in the hit NBC primetime drama series, This Is Us, in which he has been critically-acclaimed for his performances as Kevin Pearson.  This Is Us is not going anywhere either. In fact, as we previously reported, NBC has renewed the series already for two more seasons.

Today when NATAS revealed the list of the Lead Actor Pre-Nominees for the upcoming 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Y&R fans were scratching their heads wondering why the talented actor’s name was not on the list, and how could he have been left off?

The answer was simple and NATAS official Twitter handle sent out a tweet for clarification relating: “Justin Hartley chose not to enter the competition this year. He was not ‘overlooked'”.

So, are you disappointed that Justin did not throw his hat into the ring for the last part of his run as Y&R’s Adam? Do you think he did the right thing by not participating since he has gone on to primetime success, and is focusing all of his time and energy there? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Mr. X
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Mr. X

I don’t watch Justin’s new show and i’m sure he has his reasons for it but i’m disappointed he didn’t want to be recognized for the excellent work he did as Adam on Y&R.

Karen
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Karen

You should watch his new show, it is fantastic he is great, but the whole cast is wonderful and it is a feel good show.

diane
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diane

You really should watch the new show!! I only watched it because he was on it, but I was hooked after the first few minutes!! Besides Grimm and Dateline it’s the only show I watch on NBC. I agree he didn’t want to overshadow the other actors who submitted tapes. Yes, he is that good..lol

JK
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JK

SO AGREE…..I FEEL HIS WORK WOULD HAVE WON HIM THE BEST ACTOR EMMY……DONT WATCH THE NEW SHOW BUT WISH HIM MUCH LUCK….GREAT ACTOR!

SZima
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SZima

I’d love to know his reasoning behind this. Hopefully Justin isn’t one who forgets his soapy roots!

Fanny
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Fanny

He probably chose not to take the win away from someone else….
Considering how blessed he feels being a part of “This Is Us”.
KUDOS ‼️‼️‼️

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’m going to agree with you, Fanny. He went from being wicked good to TOTALLY AWESOME!!! This guy is going places and I am so happy for him. I really do love his show!!!

Donna
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Donna

As heartbroken as I was when Justin Hartley’s “Adam” died and he left Y&R, his new show This is Us is the best series on TV. I love him as Kevin and I love the show. No doubt he would have won for his Y&R performance, but I applaud his decision .

Karen
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Karen

He is a class act. I do believe he did some of his best acting as Adam. I agree with Fanny he probably didn’t want to take the award away from someone else.

JMER
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JMER

I don’t think it’s any of our business. It sounds like he left one job and wanted to go to the next one without carrying the old one around in any way, shape or form. That’s a healthy thing. Besides, other actors have chosen not to throw their hat in the ring for various reasons. There’s no right or wrong way to do things.

su0000
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su0000

Most likely he stepped back because if he had lost it would look quite bad and be controversial and would/could harm his new career ..

We know, even if someone had done a great job they might not win..
The soap awards competition is daytime stuff and he’s on his way up up up ..
Justin was very wise to step out ..

Rapids
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Rapids

He is smart to distance himself from daytime. He is on the verge of big time success. He is marvelous on TIU.

Sylvia
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Sylvia

Frankly, he’s mentioned PASSIONS in interviews since THIS IS US became a huge hit, nothing about Y&R. His time on the show was brief and he’s moved on quickly. You can certainly see that he has moved on without looking back at all.

James
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James

He previously already achieved primetime success with Smallville.

Fanny
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Fanny

And Revenge.

elm1951
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elm1951

justin is a class act & this just proves that he is willing to step aside & let another actor have a chance to win………………..

Patrick
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Patrick

well… he certainly made this an easy… “WIN” yeah for Sonny

a walkover … and he’s a winner, by default

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Actors routinely opt out of competition. His choice and I’m fine with that

He did a tremendous job. I wish him every success. But let’s not speculate needlessly.

Susan
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Susan

Yes I am very disappointed that he chose to not enter. We the fans were heartbroken when he left. His performance as Adam was outstandinog . Yes I love his new show but I feel a little snubbed. I feel it didn’t matter to him. Yes he’s moved on but we the fans still watch and love the Y&R but we miss him and his Character every day.

giovanna
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giovanna

No, Justin is a kind n modest man he knows he got it don’t need an award or a statue to tell he’s good n also too too many ppl for one list for a statue ridiculous I choose not to worry bout it

Mary SF
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Mary SF

None of us can be certain of his reasons not to enter the race– but I don’t think it is because he thinks he is now too big for daytime or that his ego is Trump like that he honestly thinks he would win automatically so he is stepping aside to let some poor Joe still in daytime get the award to make them feel better they are stuck there while he is now in a hot night time show. Personally I think Y&R and CBS asked him not to submit a reel– it would be impossible to promote the… Read more »

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

Why bash President Trump? Unnecessary.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I am sorry but saying Trump has an ego is not bashing the man– it is simply true– most powerful man do–my mistake was forgetting in today’s climate you cannot even mentioned the man’s name without offending someone on either side of the coin– it is has gotten to the point of absurdity– trust me I will not do ever again even in the context of humor which my comment was intended–

Trudy
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Trudy

You’ve offered a very plausible theory as to why Justin would not put his hat in the ring for the Daytime Emmy. Well done.

Mo
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Mo

I’m disappointed he didn’t enter. I guess he doesn’t want to attend the ceremony and wants to concentrate on his new show.

Timmm
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Timmm

I dont get it? He busted his ass and put on a clinic as Adam but turns his back? Sounds like Justin is getting a big head! DUMB!

toscanti
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toscanti

I completely disagree with you! He is anything but cocky as evidenced by previous interviews since his debut on “This Is Us”.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yeah, you are probably right. I am just mad he didnt put his name in for his daytime work.

jeanine girard
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jeanine girard

One of the best recasts in recent memory, in my opinion. Super talented and has the ‘it’ factor while being drop dead handsome. Whichever gentleman wins Lead Actor needs to silently thank JH for not submitting his work for consideration. Even though the rest of the category nominees are talented to varying degrees, JH would have owned that Emmy. So happy for his success.

limey
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limey

I think Justin didn’t enter because he is not on Y&R anymore so why do it!!! Leave it for someone who is STILL on the show to win…..that is pure class!!!! Not an ego thing!! IMHO

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Well you all know by now how much I love Justin he must have had his reasons for doing this.I love him in This is Us I watch it every single week,He is so handsome.oh ya a great actor too.It is so nice to see a feel good show for a change.I know I would feel good if I could just hug him lol,He is so hot.Maybe he will win something for his new role.

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The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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