An exciting way to start the morning. has learned the latest on “The Young and the Restless” alum, Justin Hartley, who left the popular role of Genoa City’s Adam Newman late last year. Hartley announced his exit from Y&R in a letter to fans in September 2016, when he landed the role of Kevin in a new NBC series entitled “This Is Us.” The actor recently took to Twitter to share the news that he would be co-hosting on “The Today Show,” where he joined Sheinelle Jones and Al Roker on the ‘Today’s Take’ segment to discuss the latest on This Is Us, which was recently given a two season pick up.

On air, Hartley talked about the emotional episode in which Kevin supported his brother, Randall (Sterling K. Brown), who suffered a nervous breakdown right at the moment Kevin was set to debut on stage and fulfill a personal goal. Kevin did what he knew their late father, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), would have done. Hartley’s recap sent Al Roker fleeing backstage, as he was behind in his television viewing and didn’t want to hear any spoilers about the show (see video clip below). Hartley also shared a photo on Instagram of his meeting with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr and his wife, Amy, whom he met at “The Today Show,” as Earnhardt Jr was there to judge a soapbox derby race between Matt Lauer and Carson Daly.

TMZ also caught up with Justin Hartley this week and asked him about something all “This Is Us” viewers know is coming – the reveal of how Kevin’s father Jack died. As if the most recent episode, with Randall’s biological father, William (Ron Cephas), passing away from cancer wasn’t sad enough, Hartley warned that Jack’s death will be “heartbreaking and devastating and well worth the wait.” Watch the impromptu interview below.

Great meeting @dalejr and @mrsamyearnhardt this morning on @todayshow. Welcome back and good luck to you on Sunday, Dale.

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