On Monday’s (March 24) “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Good Wife” star Josh Charles is stopping by talk about his shocking exit from the show when his character Will Gardner was gunned down in a courtroom shooting.

The full interview will air later, but CBS has released the above preview. In it, Charles says that he’s known since last season that this was going to happen, but that he’s happy he came back for half of Season 5.

“We’ve known this since last year,” says Charles. “It’s been one of the greatest gigs for me in my entire career, but at the end of last year, my contract was up and I was just ready to kind of move on. … [Coming back for Season 5] was great for the show and also was a really proper goodbye to the character, so that was special.”

Charles also says the fan reaction has been really touching, sharing an anecdote about his neighbor: “I went downstairs, and I saw by our mailbox, the neighbors across the street, who I don’t even know, had left my wife and I a really beautiful note just saying that we feel like a family member had died and we know this is just a TV show and all that. But it was, I have to say, I was very touched by it. 

He continues, “The response on Twitter has been much the same and I just want to say to the fans that, you know, I really appreciate all of your comments. … It’s meant a lot. I get invested in characters in TV shows, too, so everything’s going to be OK!”

Check back later for more of Charles’ interview with Letterman. “The Good Wife” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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