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Laurence Fishburne exits CSI

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Story by Jack Foley

LAURENCE Fishburne will not return to CSI for its 12th season, according to a report on Entertainment Weekly.

The actor’s contract expired after the season 11 finale in May and it appears that his services are no longer required.

Fishburne joined the show more than two years ago to replace William Petersen’s Grissom but despite his high profile movie career – which included films like The Matrix – his presence could not prevent a ratings slide.

Ironically, Fishburne is quoted by Entertainment Weekly as saying that he wanted to continue playing Dr. Raymond Langston, saying: “I’m having a great time.”

But no proper explanation of the decision has yet been cited.

Another of CSI‘s high-profile stars, Marg Helgenberger, also saw her contract expire in May but the report states that she is expected to return to the drama next season – in a lesser role.

Helgenberger has previously announced her intention to do only “a few episodes” next season.

Commenting on the ever changing situation involving cast members and contract negotiations, Carol Mendelsohn, executive producer of the show, told EW that the season 11 finale proved to be a cliffhanger in more ways than one.

“Most of our actors are negotiating for next season, so at the moment we don’t know. It must be a test for the writers of CSI.”

A replacement for Fishburne is due to be announced soon.

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