James Spader Leaving 'The Office'

| by Michael Allen

After joining the NBC sitcom 'The Office' in 2011, actor James Spader is leaving the series, it was announced on Monday.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein said in a statement: “James came to ‘The Office’ to play a role that was two scenes long in the season 7 finale. He instantly brought so much life and intrigue to the part that those two scenes became a season.”

“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. I’m already looking for ways to work with him again."

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