While D.J. is leaving Lanford, the door is not closed on future appearances.
“We love him,” Bruce said about Michael. “He’s part of the family. There’s certainly no one saying he will never be on the show [again]. It’s just a matter of whether storylines come up that are built for that.”
When his exit was announced, Michael made it clear that the decision was not his own.
“While I was told I would not be returning for season five,” he said in a statement to E! News, “Lanford was a valuable place to grow up, learn and develop. I was incredibly lucky to return home and demonstrate my expansion. As I venture into the world to build the future, I send tremendous love and success to everyone involved in production.”