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Rob Lowe talks 'Parks and Recreation' departure

Rob Lowe, soon to play JFK. (April 25,

Rob Lowe, soon to play JFK. (April 25, 2012) Credit: AP

Rob Lowe -- Chris Traeger of "Parks and Recreation" -- will be leaving the series this season, along with Rashida Jones, both of whose fortunes on this minor classic are linked in their many-episodes-long pursuit of a bundle of joy.

He's been a major part of the series, and enough can't be said about Jones' importance too, so for fans, this is all a big deal. Last night on "Late Show with David Letterman," Lowe talked (for the first time, I believe) about why he's going -- though the frustrating thing about this clip is that he gives no reason at all (lame-ish and evasive  jokes about how tough a boss Amy Poehler is.) .

Fact is, he is reportedly in development on a new series for NBC.  Moreover, as "P&R" heads into a long off-the-air period this month ("hiatus" isn't quite the right word), there's renewed speculation that this will be "P&R's"  last season. Jones and Lowe will likely leave early next year -- he says his final episode will be taped shortly.

Here's the full clip, as Rob and Dave reminisce about the days both lived in Malibu.

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