CBS announced today that Laurence Fishburne will leave CSI at the end of the season, after two and half seasons. Quite simply, Fishburne was tired of the TV grind and wanted to return to feature film work.

Despite earning, according to some reports, as much as $350,000 an episode, the decision was not exactly a surprise since Fishburne renewed his contract last year for only one more season.

According to one insider involved with the show: "Nobody expected him to be on the show for 7 years, it's Laurence Fishburne."