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Skeet Ulrich's Departure From 'Law & Order: L.A.' Explained

January 13, 2011 (4:44 am) GMT
The actor is leaving for creative purpose because the show has too many great talents to be wasted not appearing every week.

is the latest name in the cast changes of "". Following and 's departure, the actor who plays Detective Rex Winters will be leaving the show as part of creative process. Ulrich was the first confirmed actor in the "" spin-off when the project was announced mid-2010.

"Law & Order" chief Dick Wolf has two reasons to take Ulrich out of the picture and they are and . "We have the fortune of two world-class actors ...and it was frustrating to have one on the bench each week," Wolf said in a statement. "It would be like and as your quarterbacks, playing alternate games."

In order to do that, they would alter the story a bit and make Molina's deputy district attorney Ricardo Morales a detective. According to some reports, there will be a back story of Morales as a former policeman who moved on to the district attorney's office. Some unhappy events will lead him back to police work. Molina will now be 's partner.

Meanwhile Howard, who traded episodes with Molina as deputy district attorney Jonah Dekker, will now appear in every episode. The show is now filming its 12th episode and Ulrich will depart after episode 14.

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