It’s a wrap for “CSI: NY” regular Melina Kanakaredes. The actress who’s been with the series since its first season in 2004 is calling it quits. According to a report from THR, she’s decided to leave the show after a successful six year run. Kanakaredes appeared as the female lead on the show Detective Stella Bonasera opposite Gary Sinise’s Detective Mac Taylor.
Sources close to the series claim that Kanakaredes’ contract was up and she was ready to move on to bigger and better things. Despite her decision to leave, the network has released the following statement regarding her departure.
“We hoped Melina would return to ‘CSI: NY’ for another season, but we respect her decision to move on,” said CBS Television Network and CBS Television Studios in a joint statement. “Her amazing talent and invaluable contribution to the success of the series are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten. She will forever remain a friend to the network and studio and we wish her the very best.”
The actress herself stated, “I made some amazing and lifelong friendships during my six seasons on “CSI: NY” and I will treasure them forever!” Another veteran TV star is already being considered as Kanakaredes replacement as it’s none other than Sela Ward. Nothing has been set in stone as of yet but her name is being tossed around.
What do you think of Kanakaredes’ decision to leave CSI: NY? Do you think the show will be the same without her?