Yikes. CSI star George Eads (Nick Stokes) "will not appear in several episodes during the first half" of the show's 14th season, CBS TV Studios said in a statement.
Why not? According to The Hollywood Reporter, he wasn't happy with the creative direction of his character — a role he's played since CSI started in 2000 — and he had "a heated exchange" with a co-writer of a recent episode, who happened to be 8 months pregnant. Showrunner Carol Mendelsohn reportedly heard about the altercation and had a meeting with George that ended with him threatening to quit.
THR says George will appear in the first three episodes of the new season and his absence will be addressed in the fourth episode. As part of its statement, CBS said, "We look forward to him returning to CSI very soon."
So maybe they just agreed that he needed some time away to cool off?
Is it relevant that the writer was 8 months pregnant? Some readers in the comments of THR's story say no — and some people are also just assuming that the female showrunner must’ve chided George because he fought with a pregnant woman. But that’s pure speculation. Her conversation with him may have just been about keeping tempers cool on set, or maybe having actors go to the producers to air concerns instead of arguing with the writers. But it is possible there was fear on set that the conversation was getting too heated for it to be healthy for the baby. We don’t know.
It's not like this makes George the bad guy, just the guy taking some time off for a while. Without being in the room at the time, it's hard to say whether the pregnancy was a factor or just a fact. Sigh. Can't we all just get along in this crazy world?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter