The Mentalist Shocker: Two Cast Members to Depart

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CBS' The Mentalist is shaking things up this year, with two key cast members departing.

Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman will exit the show toward the end of Season 6.

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It's unclear if the exit of their characters, Van Pelt and Rigsby, relates to the reveal of mysterious antagonist Red John, which has been promised in 2013.

Bruno Heller, The Mentalist creator, stated that the popular crime drama is heading into “most dramatic and game changing season and anything can happen."

No other reason was given for the actors' surprising, forthcoming exit.

Season 6 of the Simon Baker-led series returns September 29. NCIS, which is entering its 11th season, is also parting ways with a popular star in Cote de Pablo.