James Spader Will Leave NBC Sitcom "The Office"

By Michael Gioia
February 28, 2012

Emmy winner James Spader, who made his Broadway debut in David Mamet's Race, will not return to the NBC sitcom "The Office" next season.



Spader, who plays CEO Robert California of Sabre, joined the cast after Emmy winner Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott, departed the series.

"James always wanted this to be a one-year arc, and he now leaves us having created one of the most enigmatic and dynamic characters in television," executive producer Paul Lieberstein said in a statement. "He’s been a great friend to me and the show, helping us successfully transition into the post-Michael Scott years, and I’m grateful for that. I’m already looking for ways to work with him again."

"The Office" is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein and Lieberstein.

The series airs Thursday nights at 9 PM ET on NBC.