James Spader -- aka "The Transition Guy," aka "The Guy Named after a State" in "The Office" -- is leaving the series.
A surprise? Spader's character -- dry, odd, strange, weird, and not always particularly funny -- has divided "Office" fans. I think he's fine and has worked in the few instances he's appeared. But "I" am probably in the minority here. Executive producer Paul Lieberstein said in a statement:
“James always wanted this to be a one year arc, and he now leaves us having created one of the most enigmatic and dynamic characters in television. He’s been a great friend to me and the show, helping us successfully transition into the post-Michael Scott years, and I’m grateful for that.”