Things are about to be shaken up at Dunder Mifflin again, as James Spader will not be returning to The Office next 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,” 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.”
It’s one of three departures producers may be forced to contend with at season’s end, the second being Mindy Kaling (who has a pilot at Fox) and the third being Rainn Wilson (who is possibly doing his own spinoff).
The Office airs on Eleven at 9pm on Tuesdays