What was the reason for Mark Harmon’s departure from NCIS?
Mark Harmon’s final episode as the head of the long-running CBS procedural, NCIS, aired on Monday.
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Mark will leave the show after 18 years as Gibbs, dating back to the character’s debut in 2003.
His departure has been rumored since June 2021.
Harmon has inked a deal to return to NCIS for its 19th season, but only in a limited role, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
While it has been established that Mark will be departing the show permanently, his character will remain in the NCIS universe.
Harmon will return in a guest role in future seasons of the show, according to Showrunner Steve Binder, because he is a key component of the show’s success.
Binder clarifies: “Mark continues to be an important part of the show’s fabric as an executive producer and close friend.
“Staying loyal to our characters has always been our north star, and that truth has always driven the stories we create and the places our characters explore.
“As long-time fans of the show may have seen over the years, never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out when it comes to the future of Gibbs.”
Despite the fact that the actor has yet to make an official remark about his character’s future, Harmon remains the series’ executive producer.
Many fans assumed that Gibbs would be replaced by Gary Cole, who joined the cast of NCIS as a series regular for season 19.
Gary, on the other hand, plays FBI Special Agent Alden Park, and it was revealed that he would never be a substitute for Harmon, but rather a supporter of the team’s inquiry.
As a result, there is currently no word on whether Gibbs will be replaced by a new or current cast member.
NCIS airs on CBS Mondays at 9 p.m. EST.