Mekhi Phifer to Exit Lie to Me

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Mekhi Phifer won't return to Lie to Me when the show returns to Fox in November.

Producer David Graziano tells Entertainment Weekly that The Lightman Group will be "going rogue" a little bit this fall, breaking away from the FBI and, therefore, Phifer's agent.

Recurring Lie to Me Star

“Lightman is going to act slightly in the more old-school PI model of a TV protagonist, [so] we’re doing away with the FBI contract [and] Mekhi is unfortunately no longer going to be on the show," the producer said.

He added:

“The FBI franchise limited our storytelling a little bit because it had to adhere to the FBI structures of ‘Would the FBI take this case or not? The character that’s going to be our badge this season is a bent cop, Wolowsky [The Unusuals' Monique Gabriela Curnen], who goes about business in a similar way to Lightman. There’s a mutual respect from the get-go. We’re working hard to make The Lightman Group a dysfunctional family.”

You tells us, fans: Will you miss Phifer on the show?

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Lie to Me Quotes

Weil: You haven't done enough muck-raking for one day?
Ria: Sir. We don't think you were doing anything sexual at that club, because, I believe this escort, Melissa, who you paid for time with-
Weil: What about her?
Ria: She's your daughter.

Gillian: Do you still have that note, that I brought you? I want it for my office.
Cal: (handing over the note) You really are a pack rat.
Gillian: You could have just told me what this was for.
Cal: No. You're a terrible liar.
Gillian: Normal people think that's a good thing.