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James Spader to depart The Office

James Spader

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Spader is to leave his role as Robert California in The Office.

The actor, who stepped in to replace the now departed Steve Carell, had been expected to return for the comedy’s ninth season season but has reportedly decided not to take up this option.

Announcing the news, Paul Lieberstein, the show’s executive producer, said: “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.

“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.”

As yet, it is unknown whether Spader’s departure will be worked into this season or explained at the beginning of the next run. But the search is now on for another replacement.

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