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.