Marg Helgenberger has clocked in an impressive 260 episodes as CSI's Night-Shift Assistant Supervisor Catherine Willows, but in January Helgenberger will mark her departure from the hit CBS show, a decision the actress describes as a "very emotional" one.
Jorja Fox, who left the series in Season 8 only to return soon after, tells us she is still holding out hope that Marg will return just as she did. "I lovingly call this job The Hotel California," Jorga laughs. "There's a line in the song that says you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave, and I've made that joke to her several times in the last couple of weeks. I'm like, 'you'll be back'… I believe that in my heart of hearts. I think it makes it easier to say goodbye to her right now because in my heart she'll be back at some point, some time."
"Every other day I'd make some joke about her staying," said co-star Ted Danson, however the CSI newbie understands Marg's desire to step away at this point in her life. "I totally get it. Eleven and a half years is a long time and part of you must want to strut your stuff elsewhere."