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James Spader Leaving 'The Office'

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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