USA Network has confirmed the rumors that Vincent D'Onofrio is saying good-bye to Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He and his co-star Kathryn Erbe, who is also leaving to be replaced by Saffron Burrows, will participate in the show's two-part season premiere. D'Onofrio has issued a statement:
"After eight seasons, and with the addition of Jeff Goldblum, now is the perfect time for me to explore other acting opportunities, and I leave the show knowing it is in great hands with Jeff. For all my loyal CI fans, I wouldn't be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time."
It's sad to see D'Onofrio, whose unusual (over)acting style made the show consistently hilarious, go. But as long as Jeff Goldblum sticks around, CI is in good hands, absurdity-wise. [EW]