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Breaking: Melina Kanakaredes to exit ‘CSI: NY’

Melina Melina Kanakaredes is departing CBS’ “CSI: NY,” and won’t be a part of the show’s upcoming seventh season.

Kanakaredes has starred on “CSI: NY” for all six seasons of the show; with her contract up, it’s believed the actress wanted to take a break and spend mroe time with her family.

“We hoped Melina would return to ‘CSI: NY’ for another season, but we respect her decision to move on,” CBS and CBS TV Studios said in a joint statement. “Her amazing talent and invaluable contribution to the success of the series are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.”

Kanakaredes’ announcement comes as “CSI: NY” preps to resume production on July 28. Eye plans to replace Kanakaredes with another female lead.

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