First Steve Carell left his Dunder Mifflin employees to fend for themselves in Scranton, PA., and now James Spader is doing the same.The Emmy-winning actor, who joined “The Office” cast as CEO Robert California after Steve Carell’s departure last year, initially wanted a one-year contract but agreed to appear in a minimum of 15 episodes, with an option for more if necessary.
And now Spader is opting out of his contract early.
“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,” “Office” executive producer Paul Lieberstein confirmed to Variety. “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.”
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