The Real Reason These NCIS Actors Left
There are plenty of reasons why an actor might want to leave a show, even one that's as highly rated as NCIS. From personal decisions to behind-the-scenes drama, here are the real reasons why these actors left the world of NCIS.
Michael Weatherly was one of the original cast members of the flagship NCIS. But working in one place for over a dozen years can be a drag, even for an actor on a hit television show. According to Weatherly, his decision to leave the show back in 2016 was one of boredom. He was, quote, "burnt out by NCIS" and was tired of playing his character, Tony DiNozzo, for 13 seasons. He told the Television Critics Association:
"It really felt like a circle that had gone all the way around, and I really felt happy with the resolution of character and my time on the show."
It seems Weatherly wasn't too tired of the TV series grind in general, because a mere two months after his departure from NCIS was made public, it was announced that the actor would be the star of CBS' Bull, a series inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. But Weatherly's tenure on that show hasn't been without controversy. In December 2018, CBS paid former Bull co-star, Eliza Dushku, $9.5 million to settle a sexual harassment claim against Weatherly. Dushku said she was written out of the show after confronting the actor about his behavior. Despite the big payout, Bull is still currently in production at CBS.
Pauley Perrette's decision to leave NCIS is one wrapped up in a bit of mystery.
"Okay, we have a lot to get through, so let's get started. Number one, am I okay? Yes."
When she announced her departure in 2017, she tweeted:
"It was a decision made last year. I hope everyone will love and enjoy EVERYTHING ABBY not only for the rest of this season but for everything she has given all of us for 16 years."
Since then, Perrette has been clear about why she'll never return to NCIS. In June 2019, she tweeted that she wasn't ever coming back to the show. Her reason? Well, according to Perrette:
"I am terrified of Harmon and him attacking me. I have nightmares about it."
The whole thing apparently stems from Mark Harmon's dog biting an NCIS crew member, and according to Perrette, quote, "a very powerful publicity 'machine'" was trying to keep her silent about what went down between her and her co-star. As for CBS, the studio responded to Perrette's allegations saying:
"Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows." Keep watching the video to see the real reason these NCIS actors left!
Michael Weatherly | 0:14
Pauley Perrette | 1:27
Cote de Pablo | 2:40
Sasha Alexander | 3:36
Lauren Holly | 4:42
Duane Henry | 5:42
Jennifer Esposito | 6:47
Zoe McLellan | 7:451
Shalita Grant | 9:17
Lucas Black | 9:53
Miguel Ferrer | 11:12
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