Why Mark Harmon Really Left NCIS?
For years, “NCIS” has consistently outperformed most of its police procedural contemporaries. Thanks to its endearing cast of diverse characters and almost unfathomable longevity, The CBS show canceled on the air in 2003. Current Season 19 is as strong as ever. Nonetheless, it is evident that the show’s arguably most famous character is undergoing significant change, and it’s been looking that way for quite some time. For the past 18 years, Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), the stalwart leader of the titular investigation team on “NCIS,” has been the show’s backbone.
The previous sentence is written in the past tense for a reason. Season 19 of “NCIS” revealed that new development. As well as, 18 seasons of intense investigations weighing heavily on his broad shoulders have led Gibbs to decide. That he’s done with NCIS and plans to carve a new life for himself in Alaska. Anyone who saw the Season 18 finale will recognize this as a natural progression for the character.
Gibbs is seen getting on a boat that isn’t going to last long. It blew up unexpectedly as it sailed out to sea. Fortunately, Gibbs’ body discovers not long after, and he is soon swimming to shore. It confirmed Gibbs’ return for Season 19, but it also gave the impression he wouldn’t be around for much longer. But what prompted the character to make such a decision or, more specifically. What started Mark Harmon to join the ranks of the many actors who have left “NCIS?”
Mark Harmon is offering a new limited-episode deal.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Harmon’s departure from the show will be his last in a starring role. After all, the star has only signed on for a limited number of episodes in Season 19, and Gibbs’ decision to stay in Alaska removes him from the show’s fabric for the foreseeable future. In addition, the current season introduced Katrina Law and Gary Cole, the rumored Harmon replacement, who has joined the cast as new stars.
Because of Harmon’s limited-episode deal, Gibbs has effectively left his active role on the show. Still, showrunner Steven D. Binder quickly points out that the actor will maintain a behind-the-scenes position, and there’s always the possibility of an on-screen return. “Mark remains an integral part of the show’s fabric as an executive producer and dear friend,” said Binder. “Remaining true to our characters has always been our north star, “And this truth has always guided our narratives the locations our characters visit.” So, as long-time show viewers may have noticed over the years, in terms of Gibbs’ future, never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”
This means that viewers may still need to cry their last tears for Gibbs. If we were betting, we’d put I’m betting on Mark Harmon coming back for the end of the series whenever that happens.
Fans said their final goodbyes to Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
It’s difficult to say farewell to a beloved television character, especially one on the air for nearly two decades. Leroy Jethro Gibbs appeared in hundreds of episodes of “NCIS” and has a special place in people’s hearts. The show never will not the same without him. His fans have already been discussing this on social media to express their disappointment. Express their grief over his emotional departure.
His final scene depicts him fishing on a lake in the vast unknown. It may be the last time audiences see Gibbs. But at the very least, he got the send-off he so richly deserve. Fans are quick to share their opinions, with @octsy_ writing, “I’m disappoint that Gibbs is leaving NCIS. But you must respect and admire Mark Harmon’s performance as Gibbs over 18 years.”
@starkeraries echoes those sentiments: “I am shocked to learn that Mark Harmon is leaving NCIS. I grew up with NCIS, particularly with agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, but he served his sentence, and I’m grateful. Very proud of him. He had such an incredible journey.” Gibbs has undoubtedly come a long way since his first appearance on “JAG” in the episode “Ice Queen.” He would only appear on one more “JAG” episode before moving on to “NCIS,” where he has remained ever since. When the time came, Harmon walked away. Just like the excellent Gibbs say, “When the job is over, walk away.”