House Star Hugh Laurie On Lisa Edelstein's Exit: 'We All Miss Her Very Much'

Lisa Edelstein may be gone from House, but she certainly has not been forgotten — at least not by leading man Hugh Laurie.

“We all miss Lisa very much,” Laurie told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills following a panel for his upcoming PBS special, Great Performances: Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk — A Celebration of New Orleans Blues.

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The Golden Globe-winning actor also confirmed what TVLine first reported earlier this month: Season 8 of House kicks off with his alter ego behind bars. “I am a prisoner,” he said. “I don’t know [how long I’ll be there]. They keep me in the dark. It’s probably better that way.”

The PBS special, which finds Laurie performing alongside such blues greats as Irma Thomas and Sir Tom Jones, was a dream come true for part-time musician. “This whole experience [was] closer to who I am than many things I have done,” he said. “I suppose because the subject was so dear to my heart. It was very unplanned. It was a genuine journey of discovery.”