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Melina Kanakaredes leaves "CSI:NY;" Sela Ward in?



  Here's a major cast departure, and a bit of a mystery too - Melina Kanakaredes is opting out of "CSI:NY."

  It appears an amicable departure, and CBS even has an amicalbe statement:

"We hoped Melina would return to 'CSI: NY' for another season, but we respect her decision to move on. 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."

  Said she: "I made some amazing and lifelong friendships during my six seasons on CSI: NY, and I will treasure them forever!"

  Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood say Sela Ward is under consideration for the gig.


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