Although NBC made the announcement yesterday that casino drama “Las Vegas” is set to return for a fifth season, it turns out that James Caan and Nikki Cox won’t be back.
Caan wants to return to movies, says The Hollywood Reporter, while Cox’s departure is said to stem from budget cuts. The show boasts a large ensemble cast and has moved from Mondays to Fridays, where viewership levels are lower.
“I’ve had a wonderful four years, worked with great people and made friends for life working on ‘Las Vegas,’ but I’m eager to return to where my heart is, which is film, and due to the show’s schedule, I missed some great opportunities to do that,” Caan said. “I wish the show and everyone involved with it continued success.”
As for Cox, who plays a comely casino hostess, she said she was “very sad and shocked… I wish them all the best of luck and had a great time working on the shows.”