Nick Stokes is leaving the scene of the crime.
Though Eads has not made an official statement about his departure, TVGuide.com — who was first to report the news — notes that Nick’s exit will be connected to the Gig Harbor Killer case.
Eads took a leave of absence from the procedural last season, after an on-set clash with a writer caused him to miss several episodes, including the series’ milestone 300th installment.
CSI‘s future is also unclear in the wake of Eads’ exit; Season 15’s episode count was recently trimmed from 22 to 18 episodes.
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