Laurence Fishburne Leaving CSI Despite Plot Cliffhanger

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Unresolved plot threads? Sounds like a problem for someone who gives a crap! Laurence Fishburne is leaving CSI, according to Deadline, despite the opportunity to renew his contract. The Matrix actor joined the cast in 2008, following the departure of long time lead William Petersen. Fishburne has two high profile movies, Thurgood and Contagion, planned for release this year. Coincidentally, Law & Order SVU lead Christopher Meloni also decided to not to return to his hit crime procedural for the 2011-2012 season.

While the site’s source doesn’t sound shocked, “nobody expected him to be on the show for 7 years, it’s Laurence Fishburne,” they obviously didn’t see it coming when they filmed last season’s finale, in which his character murders a serial killer in cold blood. Apparently any resolution to that plot will have to happen off screen, presumably with his Ray Langston being sent to the slammer unseen. Hopefuly CBS will remember this lesson with Ashton Kutcher—Charlie may have been on a plane to Paris at the end of last season, but Two And A Half Men can’t hope to be so lucky again.

[Photo: CBS]

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