"We hoped Melina would return to CSI: NY for another season, but we respect her decision to move on," CBS and CBS TV Studios stated in a joint statement. "Her amazing talent and invaluable contribution to the success of the series are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten."
Also, costs could have also been a factor. CSI: NY is moving to Friday nights this fall, and there is pressure to trim the show's budget. However, those close to the situation say that the decision was indeed Kanakaredes' to leave.
"I made some amazing and lifelong friendships during my six seasons on CSI: NY," she said.