James Spader Is Leaving ‘The Office’


Well, James Spader only made it through one season of The Office — which has been pretty lackluster, though the last few episodes centering on a corporate trip to Florida gave fans a few nibbles to chew on. The Boston Legal actor will be retiring his eccentric regional manager, Robert California after he completes the current eighth season of the series according to Reuters. Spader’s intensely intimidating and mysterious CEO replaced Steve Carell’s Michael Scott. The star apparently only intended to complete one season to help transition the post-Scott time period, but with the show’s dwindling ratings — and co-stars Mindy Kaling and Rainn Wilson possibly checking out for other projects — his absence could mean bigger, ickier things for the Dunder Mifflin crew. Executive producer Paul Lieberstein confirmed Spader’s amicable retirement, stating, ” … He now leaves us having created one of the most enigmatic and dynamic characters in television.” What’s your take on things? Will Robert California’s snuffed glimmer of brilliant weirdness mean bad things for The Office?