Gary Dourdan Exiting CSI

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TV Guide has learned that Gary Dourdan has told the “CSI” producers he is leaving the show. Dourdan has played Warrick Brown since the show began in 2000.

It is the second major departure this season for “CSI,” as Jorja Fox made her final appearance as Sara in November.

On the other hand, Marg Helgenberger and George Eads are expected to follow William Petersen’s lead and re-sign with the show.

The magazine adds that producers have already put out a casting call for a new male series regular in his late twenties to early thirties to play Ray Santoro, a “handsome, smart and athletic” CSI who transfers from Henderson to join the graveyard shift at the Las Vegas crime lab.