'CSI' star Paul Guilfoyle leaving the series after 14 seasons

paul-guilfoyle-leaving-CSI-CBS.jpgAnother original "CSI" cast member is saying goodbye when Paul Guilfoyle is written out of the long-running CBS crime drama at the end of Season 14, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Guilfoyle has played Las Vegas police captain Jim Brass since the "CSI" pilot episode in 2000. He is one of only two cast members to be a series regular in every season, along with George Eads -- though, like Eads, there are episodes here and there in which they do not physically appear.

"CSI" executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill say in a statement, "Paul made Capt. Brass a standout character. He is not just an original cast member, he is an original. In a show about forensics, fans always looked forward to the handcuffs coming out, and Capt. Brass putting his spin on the crime of the week, just as Paul Guilfoyle put his indelible stamp on the character and the show. He will be missed." 

Sources tell THR that it was the producers' decision to write Guilfoyle out of the show, not that Guilfoyle himself chose to leave. His last episode will be the season finale, airing Wednesday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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