No matter how many times I link this, people seem to still think that Jorja Fox is leaving the show for good. Carol Mendelsohn said, and I quote:
Are you bummed that something couldn't be worked out to keep Jorja around?
Carol Mendelsohn: I am very bummed. You know, it's been something we've been facing for a while now [so] I've given it a lot of thought. When Jorja expressed her desire to move on — even though I would have loved nothing more than to have had her here for Season 8 and Season 9 and on — you [react] as you would in any family: You love the person and respect them and want them to be happy and fulfilled. If this was the very end for Sara Sidle on CSI, I don't think I could have handled the last few months. But it's not. Jorja was always No. 6 on our call sheet. We're retiring No. 6, so it's there for Jorja when she comes back.
She's definitely returning?
Mendelsohn: Yes. You can count on it.
Mendelsohn: That I can't say. But the fans will not have seen the last of Sara Sidle. Nor will Grissom.
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