Which Original Cast Member Is Leaving CSI?
George Eads says he will leave the CBS drama at season's end
George Eads – one of the last remaining members of CSI‘s original ensemble – will leave the CBS drama at season’s end.
TV Guide reports that Eads’s decision to leave the show that made him a household name was an amicable one. His departure from playing Nick Stokes will apparently be tied to the ongoing Gig Harbor Killer case.
It’s unclear how Eads will be written out of the series.
Eads held out the longest on the drama that was first launched in 2000. He was preceded out the door by Billy Petersen, Gary Dourdan, Marg Helgenberger and Paul Guilfoyle. (Though costar Jorja Fox was there at the beginning, she mostly ducked out during seasons 9 and 10 but has since returned as a regular.)
Eads’s run on the procedural hasn’t always been smooth. Last season, he took a leave of absence after he reportedly got into a heated argument with one of the show’s writers over his character’s storyline.
And in 2004, Eads and Fox were briefly off the show because of a contract dispute with CBS and the production company over their salaries.