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James Spader won't return to 'The Office' next season

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rsz_tbd-jamesspader022912.jpgDunder Mifflin will be getting a new CEO again, because James Spader won't be back for the ninth season of The Office. He must be joining Kathy Bates over at Harry's Law.

NBC confirmed to Variety that Spader isn't returning to his role, which replaced Bates the same season Steve Carell went missing. "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, noting Spader requested to leave. "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."

There's no word whether Robert California will depart by the end of this season or be done away with next season. We figure he's probably off to get married again. Maybe this is Dwight's chance to get that interview.

[Photo: NBC]

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[Last modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 2:39pm]

    

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