CSI: New York will be down a cast member this fall when Melina Kanakaredes (Stella Bonasera) exits the series. Entertainment Weekly reports that the actress’s final episode has aired, meaning that she will not appear in the season seven premiere. In a statement, Kanakaredes said, “I made some amazing and lifelong friendships during my six seasons on CSI: NY, and I will treasure them forever.”
“We hoped Melina would return to CSI: NY for another season, but we respect her decision to move on,” CBS said in a 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.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, actress Sela Ward is being considered as a replacement for Kanakaredes, but this has not been confirmed by CBS.