Sad news for fans of Robert California, The Office's newest addition - producers of the series have confirmed that James Spader will be leaving the series at the end of the show's current season.

"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," showrunner Paul Lieberstein said of Spader's departure. "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."

Spader joined the series after longtime star, Steve Carrell, left at the end of the last season.

No word on any possible replacement characters to fill the new void, but who would you like to see take up a role as Dunder Mifflin's new CEO?

[via New York Daily News]