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George Eads, CSI


It's time to say goodbye to Nick Stokes...again!

Leading man George Eads is set to exit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation at the end of this season, E! News has confirmed. 

Eads has been with the hit CBS procedural since it premiered in 2000 and is the last remaining original cast member, with Marg Helgenberger, William Petersen, Gary Dourdan and Paul Guilfoyle all exiting the series before him. 

While Eads and the CSI team have yet to officially comment on his exit, TVGuide.com reports Stokes' exit will be related to the Gig Harbor Killer case.

Still, there's no guarantee CSI will even be back for a 16th season as the episode order for this current season was recently trimmed from 22 to 18.

However, TVLine, who first reported the news of the reduced episode order, said the trimming was CBS' making room for its new dramas, including CSI: Cyber.

This isn't the first time Eads has left the show as he took a break last season after clashing with a writer on the set. He also was off the show temporarily in 2004, reportedly due to contract disputes.

CSI airs Sundays on CBS.