‘Yellowstone’ Star Denim Richards Opens Up on Why Teeter Got the Boot Despite Being Branded

by Chris Haney
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Following the new episode of Yellowstone last night, Colby actor Denim Richards opened up about why Teeter got fired even though she has the ranch’s brand on her chest.

When you work on the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, having the brand burned into your skin means something. Its significance goes far beyond a paycheck or a spot in the bunkhouse. It defines your loyalty to the Dutton family, and the family’s loyalty to you as well.

As one of the first female ranch hands in the bunkhouse, Teeter (Jennifer Landon) proved her doubters wrong from the start. As Rip acknowledged in Sunday’s episode, she’s the first one on the job in the morning and the last to leave. She’s as hard of a worker, if not harder, than any of the men in the bunkhouse.

However, following Lloyd and Walker’s feud that almost turned deadly this season, the three women in the bunkhouse were all sent packing. Since the two men’s feud began because of one of the women, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his right-hand man Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) thought it best to put an end to a co-ed bunkhouse. Yet it wasn’t Teeter who stirred the pot, so she went to John to ask for her job back.

‘Yellowstone’ Star Reminds Everyone That the ‘Brand’s For Life’

It’s a bold move to ever ask to speak to John Dutton and go against his orders. But Yellowstone fans know that Teeter is likely the only other woman past John’s own daughter, Beth Dutton, that would have the courage to do so.

While speaking in this week’s “Stories From the Bunkhouse,” Richards joined Jimmy actor Jefferson White and Ian Bohen who portrays Ryan to talk about the episode. White asked the other two actors if they’d have the courage to approach John Dutton and ask for their job back like Teeter did.

Bohen said he would’ve done the same thing since he knew Teeter is in the right. He says she had a very strong case as to why she should be allowed to stay. Richards agreed, reminding everyone that Teeter is branded.

“That was such a strange way to be fired,” Richards explained. “It meant so much to Teeter to just be a part of it. During that time, John didn’t know Teeter was branded… The brand’s for life.”

Thankfully for Teeter’s sake, after a short talk, John allowed her to stay on as a ranch hand. Rip broke the news to her, and she couldn’t help but give him a huge hug. She was brave enough to approach her boss. Teeter also sounds like she’s the only one brave enough to hug Rip.

Jefferson White Admits He’s Terrified of Cole Hauser

During the same interview, the three Yellowstone stars admitted they wouldn’t have hugged Rip in that situation. He’s not what you would call the sentimental type typically. Rip may have taken Teeter’s hug in stride. But he likely wouldn’t have acted the same with the others in the bunkhouse. In fact, White admitted he’s “terrified” of Rip actor Cole Hauser.

Bohen asked his co-stars, “Have you had the instinct during an acting scene to physically touch Cole Hauser?”

“No, I’m terrified of [Cole Hauser]. He’d pick me up by the scruff of my neck, and punt me,” White amusingly said.

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