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CSI door open for Helgenberger

Marg Helgenberger has revealed the door will be left open for her on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

The 53-year-old is set to hang up her lab coat after 11 years as Catherine Willows on the long-running crime drama.

"Yes. It's nice to know because it has been such a big part of not only my career but my life; a fifth of my life. I adore everyone I work with. It's been a home away from my home; my family," she said.

Marg - who will be replaced by Elisabeth Shue - has been one of the longest serving members alongside George Eads (Nick Stokes) and Paul Guilfoyle (Captain Jim Brass) since the show debuted in 2000.

"I have a lot of feelings about it, but ultimately I'm ready, excited," she admitted.

"Especially after yesterday; I worked a 14-hour day, which went some way toward solidifying my decision! For a better way of putting it, they are getting their money's worth out of me."

The mother-of-one is looking forward to taking a break, adding: "I've already booked a beach house on the island of Kauai. I've booked a couple of weeks because I will be wrapping up my run on the show on December 7, so I'm looking forward to that and not doing a whole lot."

:: The full original series of CSI premieres on CBS Drama from December 12 at 9pm. For more information, visit www.cbsdrama.co.uk.

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