Say goodbye to Jetro Gibbs.
Mark Harmon left NCIS on Monday night after his 18th season as Gibbs retired to Alaska, where he worked with special agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray).
Harmon’s series ends as a spectacular run as one of the most popular actors on television, but it’s not entirely unexpected.
In June, NCIS TV veterans Gary Cole and Katrina Lowe joined the FBI’s special agents, Alden Park and Jessica Knight, as Harmon reduced their screen appearances in the 2003 series. (He is also an executive producer.)
“As an executive producer and a dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the show’s fabric,” NCIS poet Steve Binder said in a statement. “Our northern star will always be loyal to our heroes and this truth will always guide the stories we tell and where these heroes are going.
“So, about Gibbs’ future, the show’s fans may have noticed for years … Never mind Leroy Jetro Gibbs.”
In Monday night’s episode 19 of “The Great Wide Opening,” Gibbs and McGee tried to settle a case of a contract killer hired by the same company in Alaska. Gibbs then reported this to McGee while fishing.
“I’m not coming back, Tim,” he said. “I’m not going home.” McGee then asked Gibbs what he hoped to find in Alaska. “I don’t know,” he said. “The gut tells me, I’ll know when I find it,” he said calmly there, which brought them both into his arms.
Gibbs was suspended last season for assaulting a killer who also insulted dogs; in the season finale he was almost killed by a boat explosion.
“According to the terms [Harmon’s] during the broadcast, we need to see what happens next, ”CBS President Kelly Kall said in an interview with Deadline last month.
NCIS, which premiered as a spin-off of JAG in 2003 and quickly became the highest-rated drama on television, resulted in the release of NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, and a new fall record, NCIS: Hawaii. lgan. “i,” she was updated on CBS Monday with star Vanessa Lachey for the entire season.
Harmon has not yet commented on his departure.