The Next Actor To Leave NCIS Revealed

'NCIS' has been on TV for 16 years, and it appears its popularity is only growing with time. During this time we have seen many good and bad things happen on the screens, including the departure of our favorite actors - Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, and Pauley Perrette. Why do top members of the cast keep leaving the 7th-longest-running scripted primetime TV show in the US? And who's likely to leave 'NCIS' next? Read on to find out.

SASHA ALEXANDER (CAITLIN TODD)

Sasha was the first main character to leave the 'NCIS' cast. She played the part of a Secret Service turned ‘NCIS’ agent Caitlin Todd. Sasha Alexander confessed that she doesn't regret leaving 'NCIS.' However, Alexander told Zap2It she hasn't even thought her decision over, even though the show has high ratings now.

"The show did very well from the beginning. We were consistent, but for whatever reason, it didn't get press coverage then. I always thought it was a great show," she said. "Do I regret leaving? I absolutely don't, for a million reasons that I've never spoken about... for a million reasons that I can't. I had a wonderful time doing it for two years, though."

COTE DE PABLO (ZIVA DAVID)

Although Cote de Pablo is not Israeli, her Ziva David is one of the most outstanding Israeli characters in pop culture. The reason why everybody's favorite Cote de Pablo left ‘NCIS’ is less prominent.

"Unfortunately, because of political things and the scripts not being good enough, I chose not to [stay]. I love this character. I worked eight years in crafting this character and loving her, so when I felt or I perceived the character was not being treated with the respect that she deserved, all the money in the world couldn't buy [me]."

Image Credit: Getty Images

Image Credit: Getty Images

Last year at an appearance at Babson College, de Pablo also revealed what 'NCIS' was thinking of doing with Ziva, had she not decided to leave. And it looks like the star was meant for a future without the CBS drama.

"They were going to send her back to Israel and make her an unfortunate, miserable woman. I said well what do I leave all the women who have watched and followed the show? I didn't think it was fair. And so I said, 'Until someone can really write something fantastic for her, I won't come back"

Cote de Pablo then played in the 'The Dovekeepers,' a 2015 CBS miniseries from the producers of "The Bible," about the standoff by Jewish rebels against the Roman army, and about the siege of Masada.

MICHAEL WEATHERLY (TONY DINOZZO)

Weatherly confessed that he decided to leave 'NCIS' due to the departure of Cote de Pablo and his desire to grow professionally.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Image Credit: Getty Images

"Their great dynamic, the badinage and sparring and flirting between [Tony and de Pablo's Ziva] and how they would swing from siblings to near lovers and back to buddies, that was gone, and then I got to the point where I felt I’d stayed at the party for too long.

I would look around the room and other people were really in sync and having fun. The show was a huge success, but I just suddenly realized that I probably had other things that I should be doing. And then the wanderlust set in. I directed a documentary. I have a production company. And I wanted to spend time with my family"

Nevertheless, his decision to leave the series wasn't the easiest to make. Later in one of the interviews, Michael confessed that his departure from 'NCIS' was a sad one, and it was because of his acting skills that he managed to keep it together during a number of his scenes. In September 2016, Weatherly started headlining 'Bull,' his own series, inspired by Dr. Phil McGraw's pre-talk show days as a jury consultant.

JENNIFER ESPOSITO (ALEXANDRA QUINN)

Jennifer Esposito departed from 'NCIS' after one season as a series regular. Esposito was first introduced in the 14th season of the show. She played the special agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn. “It was a great experience,” Esposito told Deadline. “I could not have asked for a better opportunity than to work with the 'NCIS' cast and producers.” The reasons why she left the show are still unclear, but we might find that out a bit later.

PAULEY PERRETTE (ABBY SCIUTO)

In October 2017, Pauley Perrette announced her departure from 'NCIS,' and fans immediately started speculating why it happened. The actress confirmed her intended departure, where she dispelled rumors that she was leaving 'NCIS' in order to promote a line of skincare products.

"So, it is true that I am leaving NCIS after this season. There have been all kinds of false stories as to why (NO I DON'T HAVE A SKIN CARE LINE AND NO MY NETWORK AND SHOW ARE NOT MAD AT ME!)," wrote Perrette.

"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. All the love, all the laughter, all the inspiration … I love her as much as you do."

The real reason for her departure from the show is straightforward. Pauley realized that it's time for her to move on. Having worked at the same place for 14 years seems a bit too long, doesn't it?

LAUREN HOLLY (JENNY SHEPARD)

Starting from season 2 and all the way to season 5, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was overseen by director Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly), the ex-girlfriend and partner of the team leader Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon).

In 2008, Holly left the show. We are not sure of the reasons, but the rumor is that the actress herself wanted so. It was a mix of reasons, one stating that Lauren Holly wanted to leave after different roles and try more movies as well.

Also, Jenny Sheppard had a degenerative genetic disease, as it was hinted in several episodes. The character wasn't to stay too long anyway, and the directors wanted to finish the season with a big bang, and that involved killing someone off. After leaving the show, Lauren Holly starred in plenty of movies and TV shows which only proves our guess. Anyways, we are happy she's found herself and is doing what she likes!

CBS announced that the network is renewing its longstanding procedural series 'NCIS' for a 17th season. However, some of the surprise exits of past seasons have left fans wondering who is going to depart the show next.

WHO'S LEAVING, WHO'S STAYING?

WILMER VALDERRAMA

Wilmer Valderrama has acted Agent Nick Torres on 'NCIS' since 2016. He first featured on the show in Season 14, Episode 1, which was titled “Rogue.” It looks like Wilmer will be sticking around. His contract terminated at the end of Season 15, but CBS extended his agreement for two more years, which means he will still be part of the series through Season 17.

MARK HARMON

Speculations of Mark Harmon’s 'NCIS' exit have been flying for years. Nevertheless, it seems he is staying put for now. What would make Mark leave? In a conversation with TV Insider, Harmon stated he would leave if the writers ever lost their enthusiasm for the job: 

"Right now, our writers are all very up and excited. You can see it on their faces. Now, if I ever witness them walking into the writers’ room with their heads down, feeling they’ve done it all, that would be the time to say, ‘I think I’m done here.’ But there is still a real feeling of creativity and a sense of reinvention on our set".

SEAN MURRAY

Questions about Sean Murray’s possible withdrawal have also been a hot subject for some time. Sean recently spoke to Country Living to clear up the speculations. He told the publication that he has no intention of leaving any time soon since he is under contract. “I’m under contract right now, so I have no plans to leave the show,” he told the publication. “I don’t think McGee’s going anywhere.”

DAVID MCCALLUM

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Our bets are on McCallum to be the next actor to exit 'NCIS.' He has had less screen time lately, and his character was recently given a part on the show that would require less interaction with the team - 'NCIS' historian. In Season 16, David worked a reduced schedule so he could pay more attention to his wife, kids, grandchildren, and cat Nicky. It is likely he could shift from acting to a full-time writing career. McCallum published his first book, 'Once a Crooked Man,' in 2016.

THE REST OF THE NCIS CAST

Diona Reasonover, who acts as Kasie Hines, is a recent cast addition (she joined in 2018) so it would be a surprise if she leaves so soon. Her first 'NCIS' appearance was in Season 15, Episode 17, titled “One Man’s Trash.” As for other 'NCIS' cast members; Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, Maria Bello, and Emily Wickersham, only time will tell what is next for them.

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It's exciting news for 'NCIS' fans across the globe, that the 17th Season of their favorite show has been confirmed! However, considering the rate at which cast members have departed the show in recent years, do you think the trend will continue? Or you see all the cast members of Season 16 also in 17? Tell us what you think in the comments section and please share this article with other 'NCIS' fans so they can share their opinions too.

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