Things can get tense after 14 years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, George Eads, who has been an original cast member of ‘CSI’ since it premiered in 2000, will take a leave of absence after having a confrontation with one of the show’s staff writers.
A representative for CBS Studios told THR, "George Eads will not appear in several episodes during the first half of the season. We look forward to him returning to ‘CSI’ very soon."
Specifically, Eads will disappear from the fourth episode of the show, when Marg Helgenberger makes an appearance to reprise her role as Catherine Willows. The show will likely give some kind of explanation regarding his character’s absence during this episode.
The source of the conflict between Eads and the writer seems to have stemmed from Eads displeasure over the direction of his character, Nick Stokes. Following the disruption, showrunner Carol Mendelsohn heard about what happened and called a meeting with Eads. From the meeting it was decided that Eads would take a leave of absence.
There is no confirmation on exactly what happened during the dispute between Eads and the writer, but it must have been significant enough to warrant the meeting with Mendelsohn.
In March, Eads signed on again as a series regular for the upcoming season. He and Jorja Fox were both temporarily let go in 2004 over a breakdown in contract negotiations.
The new season of ‘CSI’ will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 25 on CBS.