Mark Harmon has officially ended his run as a series regular on CBS’ long-running
procedural drama “NCIS” Monday.
Mark Harmon’s exit as a series regular ends a remarkable run as one of TV’s highest-
profile actors on its top-rated drama — though it’s not totally unexpected.
In June, “NCIS” added TV veteran Gary Cole and Katrina Law as FBI Special Agent
Alden Park and Katrina Law as Special Agent Jessica Knight amidst news that
Harmon was cutting back on his on-screen appearances on the series, which
premiered in 2003. (He’s also an executive producer.)
“As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of
the fabric of the show,” “NCIS” showrunner Steve Binder said in a statement. “Our
north star has always been staying true to our characters, and that truth has always
guided the stories we tell and where those characters go.
“So regarding the future of Gibbs, as long-time fans of the show may have noticed
over the years … never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”
In Monday night’s Season 19 episode, entitled “Great Wide Open,” Gibbs and McGee
were in Alaska trying to solve a case about a contract killer hired by a company there.
Afterward, Gibbs broke the news to McGee while he was fishing.
“I’m not going back, Tim,” he said. “I’m not going back home.” McGree then asked
Gibbs what he hoped to find in Alaska. “I don’t know,” he said. “My gut’s telling me
I’ll know when I find it,” and saying he was at peace there — leading to a bro-hug
between the two.
Gibbs was suspended last season for assaulting a killer who also abused dogs; in
the season finale, he was almost killed by a boat explosion.
“In terms of [Harmon’s] on-air appearances, we’re just going to have to see how it
plays out going forward,” CBS president Kelly Kahl told Deadline last month.
“NCIS” premiered in 2003 as a spinoff from “JAG” and quickly became TV’s top-rated