CBS has announced that George Eads (one of the few original stars of CSI) will be taking a leave of absence from the long-running show.
Eads reportedly got into a very heated argument with one of the writers over the direction of his character, Nick Stokes. It’s funny that the reports like to point out that the writer is 8 months pregnant. Why does that matter? I guess to make the writer more sympathetic and make George’s actions seem worse. After the incident, Eads had a meeting with showrunner Carol Mendelsohn, where he threatened to quit. Well, he didn’t quit, but CBS has decided to teach him a bit of a lesson.
He will be in the first three episodes of the upcoming season, but after that (starting with the show’s 300th episode which will see the return of original star Marg Helgenberger), Eads’ character will disappear until an undetermined date.
CBS released a statement saying “George Eads will not appear in several episodes during the first half of the season. We look forward to him returning to CSI very soon.”
This is not the first time Eads has temporarily left the show. Back in 2004, Eads and Jorja Fox were briefly fired after a salary standoff with the studio and network.
George better be careful. This show has proven it can survive losing cast members (the show now stars Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue), and it doesn’t seem to be that other studios will be knocking down his door if he suddenly becomes available. Enjoy what you got, Eads, because it could all go away in a second.