NEW YORK – For X-Files star David Duchovny, his work on the popular show is done. And it's for good, he says.
No cameos; no surprise appearances — contrary to popular opinion and published reports.
Duchovny left The X-Files last month after the show's season finale, but he'll likely reprise the role in the next X-Files movie, he said.
"I'm done with the TV show," Duchovny told the entertainment news Web site, Zap2it.com. "I don't think it's fair to me or the fans [to do] cameos."
Duchovny said he was unhappy with the way the show's producers handled the storyline that featured his character, Fox Mulder, whose search to uncover the truth behind paranormal events has been the core of the show since its debut in 1993.
Last season, Mulder was abducted by aliens and took a back seat to agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick).
The new character was introduced out of necessity — thanks to Duchovny's very public spat with the show's producers over a syndication deal and his desire to leave the series.
As a result, Duchovny ended up appearing in about half of last season's episodes, but ended the season kissing his longtime partner Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who had just had a baby.
The kiss suggested that Mulder was the baby's father, but like everything else on The X-Files, that resolution was not made completely clear.
"I think the consciousness of the show is this quest of Mulder's, and the core of the show is Mulder and Scully," Duchovny said. "When I came back at the end of this year, by necessity, by my choice of not being on the show full time, other stories and other ideas had to come center stage.
"And when I came back I felt somewhat peripheral."
He said his half-season's work with the show on which he's starred for nearly a decade felt strange.
Like "a stepdad still having stuff in the house waiting to move out; it was weird," Duchovny said.