James Spader out of 'The Office'

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james-spader-2-the-office.jpgFirst Steve Carell and now this? James Spader's tenure as CEO Robert California on NBC's "The Office" is coming to an end.

According to Variety, the actor won't be returning for the show's ninth season -- at his own request.

"James always wanted this to be a one-year arc, and he now leaves us having created one of the most enigmatic and dynamic characters in television," says executive producer Paul Lieberstein. "He's been a great friend to me and the show, helping us successfully transition into the post-Michael Scott years, and I'm grateful for that."

Spader did a memorable guest turn on the Season 7 finale and was then brought on full time in September as Sabre CEO, a role previously held by Kathy Bates.

We'll miss you, James, but we'll always have our "Pretty in Pink" VHS to remember you by.
Photo/Video credit: NBC