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ER WANTS DR. BENTON BACK, STAT

Despite his much-touted departure episode from ER in December, Dr. Peter Benton may still have to scrub up after all. It seems actor Eriq La Salle's exit was premature. The actor has been put on notice by the show's producers that he'll have to return to ER, the New York Daily News reports. "There's a terrific line from Godfather III: 'Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in,'" said La Salle, who was getting $9 million a season. He continues, "If they left it up to me, I'd be done, because I feel Benton had a graceful, clean exit and I think Noah Wyle is the future of that show. But I'm under contract still, so it's ultimately their choice. If they want me back, I'll be back."

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Despite his much-touted departure episode from ER in December, Dr. Peter Benton may still have to scrub up after all. It seems actor Eriq La Salle's exit was premature. The actor has been put on notice by the show's producers that he'll have to return to ER, the New York Daily News reports. "There's a terrific line from Godfather III: 'Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in,'" said La Salle, who was getting $9 million a season. He continues, "If they left it up to me, I'd be done, because I feel Benton had a graceful, clean exit and I think Noah Wyle is the future of that show. But I'm under contract still, so it's ultimately their choice. If they want me back, I'll be back."