Laurence Fishburne OUT At 'CSI': Star's Contract Expires, Not Returning

06/08/2011 06:44 am ET | Updated Aug 08, 2011

Dr. Ray Langston is no longer on call.

In another big blow to mega-hit TV medical/police procedurals, Laurence Fishburne is officially leaving "CSI." Deadline reports that the star's contract expired after this season, the show's 11th, and he has no plans on renewing.

He's the second leading man of a hit procedural to leave this summer, following Christopher Meloni's surprise exit from "Law & Order: SVU."

That'll put to rest the career of the pathologist-turned-CSI, who came on to replace William Peterson's character midway through the show's ninth season. His storyline ends on a cliffhanger; having murdered Nate Haskell in the season finale, it's unclear whether his character admits to the crime as the episode ends.