‘Yellowstone’: Cole Hauser Confirms Rip Is ‘Uncomfortable’ With the Idea of Living at the Lodge — ‘This Is a Guy Who’s Eaten By Himself for 30 Years’


  • Yellowstone star Cole Hauser’s Rip Wheeler has been loyal to John Dutton since he was a teenager.
  • In season 4, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) asked Rip and Beth to move into the lodge so he could have his family under one roof.
  • Beth and Rip are both uncomfortable with the move, but for different reasons.
Yellowstone Cole Hauser (Rip Wheeler) and Finn Little (Carter) in a scene from the lodge in season 4
Cole Hauser and Finn Little | Emerson Miller/Paramount

Yellowstone season 4 has been an interesting one for Cole Hauser’s Rip Wheeler. The ranch enforcer got caught up in a season-long bunkhouse feud, his fiancée brought a troubled teenager into their home, and John Dutton (Kevin Costner) invited him to live in the massive Dutton lodge.

According to Hauser, Rip is “uncomfortable” with the idea of moving into the Dutton home with his newly-formed family. After all, Rip’s a guy “who’s eaten by himself for 30 years.”

Rip Wheeler has been loyal to John Dutton and the Yellowstone Ranch since he was a teenager

Rip ended up on the Dutton ranch when he was a teenager after a family tragedy. His abusive father killed his mom and brother, which led to Rip killing his father. But instead of ending up as a ward of the state, John Dutton took Rip in and gave him a second chance at life.

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As he grew up on the ranch (and lived in the bunkhouse), Rip became extremely loyal to John. He also fell for John’s daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly). The couple had an on-again/off-again romance for years. But in recent seasons they finally settled down with each other, and made their love story official with an engagement. As their romance continues to flourish, John has accepted that Rip is an official part of the family.

John Dutton invites Rip Wheeler to live in the family’s lodge

Rip’s loyalty to John and the ranch goes beyond the land, the cattle, and his family. Rip is the enforcer who keeps the bunkhouse in check and handles all of the Dutton enemies through any means necessary.

After everything Rip has done for John and his family — and now that he’s engaged to Beth — John has decided that now is the perfect time for his right-hand man to move into the lodge.

“You know the lodge is where family belongs,” John said to Rip, who responded with a blank stare. “Didn’t sound like a question, did it?”

“Are you asking us to come live up there?” a stunned Rip asked. To which John quickly replied, “That’s what I’m asking.”

‘Yellowstone’ star Cole Hauser admits Rip is ‘uncomfortable’ with living at the lodge

Rip, Beth, and Carter (Finn Little) immediately moved into the lodge after John made his offer. But, it didn’t take long for Yellowstone fans to discover that Rip was struggling with the change. They had a disastrous first dinner at the family table, thanks to Beth. And Hauser says there are a few reasons why things aren’t going well.

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“John kind of springs on him, basically, you know, ‘I would love for you guys to come live with me,'” Hauser said on Paramount’s Behind the Story. ”Having to live with your boss as well as having a relationship with his daughter, I think it’s a little stressful for Rip – and uncomfortable. That idea of living in that mansion on a hill, it’s never been in his future. This is a guy who’s eaten by himself for 30 years. I think it’s a bit overwhelming.”

John Dutton wants his family under one roof

Will Rip ever be able to settle into the lodge with Beth and Carter? Hauser wouldn’t spoil what’s coming next. But Costner made it clear that having his family together under one roof is a top priority for John — no matter how dysfunctional they might be.

“John Dutton does want his family under the same roof. It’s important to him, he says as much,” Costner said. “Do families have dysfunction? They do. Does this one have dramatic dysfunction? It does.”

Beth Dutton is also struggling at the Dutton family home on ‘Yellowstone’

Rip may be the one who is uncomfortable at his new home, but it was Beth who really struggled after they officially moved in. It was Beth’s talk of healthy eating for the prostate and tantric healing that ruined their first family dinner.

“It’s that whole f**king room, it’s the stifling oppressive false f**king fantasy of a family that just doesn’t exist, never f**king existed,” Beth explains to Rip.

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That’s when Rip points out to his future bride that they can easily eat in the living room. And when they do just that, Beth is happy with her family in the lodge. At least for a brief moment.

Yellowstone airs Sunday nights on the Paramount Network.