Would Pauley Perrette Return To 'NCIS' Despite Mark Harmon Drama

After fifteen years of featuring on NCIS, Pauley Perrette (best known for playing Abby Sciuto) left the highest-rated show on CBS due to a behind-the-scenes dispute she had with the play’s main star and executive producer, Mark Harmon (popular for acting Jethro Gibbs).

After she exited the crime drama, Perrette shared a string of vague tweets that highlighted shocking allegations, including one that said she left one of the most famous shows on network television following “multiple physical assaults.”

Despite all of the off-camera fracas, Pauley was – and still remains – a fan favorite, and many followers still wonder if she will ever come back to the CBS procedural.


The circumstances surrounding Pauley's departure from NCIS were never made explicit. But Perrette’s posts on twitter and comments from production insiders suggest an on-set feud between Harmon and Perrette that supposedly occurred in 2016.

As reported by Vanity Fair, after working together for over 10 years, Harmon and Perrette’s working relationship became ice cold when Harmon came to the set with his dog. Various reports allege that an unnamed crew member was playing with the pet when it bit him, and this resulted in an injury that needed 15 stitches.

Harmon persisted to bring his dog to the set – and he is reported to make sure the dog was on a leash or in his van – but this made some members of the crew and cast uncomfortable.

Because of Mark’s status as executive producer and main actor of the play, no one wanted to confront him about the dog – but for Perrette.


When she confronted Mark about the dog situation a conflict started, and things got so bad that they discontinued shooting scenes together. As reported by The Wrap, an arrangement was made to make sure that Perrette and Harmon were never in the same location.

And, when the pair did appear together on-screen during Perrette’s final episode, it was down to the power of editing.

“She did her scenes on one day, and he did his work on other days, and they still produced a great show. It was simply scheduled that they did not work the same days.”

the source said.

This arrangement reveals why Gibbs and Abby were rarely together during her last couple of Seasons, and both characters never said goodbye during Abby’s last episode.

In October 2017, Pauley made the announcement that she was leaving at the end of Season fifteen, and when she released her puzzling tweets in May 2018, CBS issued a statement to the effect that she had an excellent run on NCIS, and she will be missed by everyone.

The broadcasting company also said Perrette came to them about a year earlier because of a work environment concern, and they paid attention to the issue and helped her find a resolution.


When Pauley’s final NCIS episodes broadcasted in May 2018, and the media reported on the dog saga, the actress shared three tweets that attracted a lot of attention.

She tweeted words like “multiple physical assaults” and alluded to a “machine” that was keeping her quiet. Then, she wrote the phrase, “He did it.”

When followers started asking what the actress was trying to pass across, she posted one more thought.

“I want to thank my studio and network CBS They have always been so good to me and always had my back,”

wrote Perrette.

An insider maintained that Perrette never meant to suggest that she was the victim of physical abuse or sexual harassment. And, another claimed that Pauley made her decision to quit NCIS before the alleged dog bite episode.

It seems supporters will never know the real reason Perrette left the TV show, however she did say when she made the announcement of her departure that she “refused to go low,” which is why she never publicly explained what happened.


Almost one year after she left NCIS, Pauley Perrette will be returning to our TV screens as she has landed the lead female role on a new show. She will be starring alongside Jaime Camil.

According to Deadline, Perrette is returning to CBS as the star of Broke. Broke centers around an affluent man named Miguel (Jaime Camil), whose trust fund gets cut off by his dad.

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Miguel's wife reaches out to her estranged sister Jackie (Perrette), who lets the husband and wife move into her condo.

Though Jackie is not exactly pleased with the change in condition, she ultimately warms up to the opinion of having her sister and brother-in-law around. The drama comes from Jane the Virgin producer Jennie Snyder Urman.


Pauley’s new character is described as “the kind of lady who knows her way around a toolbox and an acetylene torch.” Jackie is not pleased about her snobby wealthy sister and husband showing up. But, she soon recognizes how much she loves her sister and appreciates having both her sibling and brother-in-law in her life.

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The new episodes of NCIS air Tuesday nights on CBS. The network is yet to announce a premiere date for Broke. 

What do you think, could there be more to Perrette’s exit from ‘NCIS’ than the dog incident? What do you make of her imminent return to acting?

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Source: Deadline, CountryLiving, Vanity Fair, The Wrap, CheatSheet


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