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Tony Shalhoub to Leave Monk

Actor Tony Shalhoub has confirmed that the eighth season of USA’s hit drama “Monk” will be the last.

The actor, who plays an obsessive-compulsive private investigator, is pulling the plug on the show so he can pursue other acting projects and work behind the camera.

Shalhoub says, “It’s a great job, and I work with great people, and I really enjoy doing the character, but I think eight years is enough. I think we’ve kind of explored all the avenues we could possibly cover, and as much as I like the show and working on it, I really do want to think about moving onto whatever the next chapter might be. I think I want to keep acting, but I want to branch out and maybe be a producer on things I’m not acting in.”

Shalhoub was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Golden Globe Award last night, but lost to Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock”. He won the award in 2003.

He is also nominated for a 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series.

The cast and crew of “Monk” will begin shooting the eighth and final season in March.

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Cate

    January 21, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Must be a lie. Monk would only leave on a year with a round number… 10, 100…

  2. MC

    July 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I totally enjoy watching Monk. He handled the role so well and I will miss his character tremendously.
    MC

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