James Spader to Leave The Office

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Having not made much of an impact this season, James Spader will check out of The Office in May.

“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 showrunner Paul Lieberstein said in a statement. “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.”

James Spader on The Office

Spader first showed on last year's season finale and was then upgraded to series regular over the summer. His quirky character of Robert California hasn't really clicked this season, however, as he mostly just pops up in Scranton occasionally and... hovers.

The Office may also need to deal with the departure of Rainn Wilson this spring (for a rumored spin-off) and Mindy Kaling, who has signed on for a Fox pilot.

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Spader is a wonderful actor, too bad they just didn't have a clue how to incorporate his terrific season 7 finale character into the existing show; the two just were not compatible. He's one of my favorite actors so I'm hoping someone has a better conceived role for him to play in the near future.

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Seemed inevitable, they hardly screened him and they are now showing his competitor from last season Catherine Tate. I think Spader had a lot more to offer.