February 28th, 2012
11:54 AM ET
James Spader's Robert California just landed the job of new "CEO" of Dunder-Mifflin at the start of this season of "The Office," but the actor's already handing in his resignation.
The character was a potential "applicant" for Michael Scott's old gig when Steve Carell left the series, but Spader's California was then brought on as the replacement for Kathy Bates' Jo Bennett.
Variety reports that while Spader was billed as a series regular, his contract required a minimum of 15 episodes with the option for more if needed. It's not known at this point if Robert California's exit will be tackled this season, or explained in the next.
Adds "Office" exec producer Paul Lieberstein (who plays Toby on the show), "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 on television. 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."
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