Mark Harmon left ‘NCIS’ after 18 years on the show, remain producer

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Mark Harmon ended his run on Monday on CBS’s long-running drama “NCIS.”

The latest episode bid farewell to the character of Harmon, special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, who has been with the series for the past 18 years since he was first introduced in the 2003 “JAG” show.

According to this DeadlineIn Monday’s episode, “Great Wide Open,” Gibbs and special agent Timothy McGee, played by Sam Murray, went to Alaska to find a contract killer hired by a local company. After the case, Gibbs suddenly informs his partner and NCIS director Vance (Rocky Carroll) that he will not return to law enforcement. Instead, he chose to stay in Alaska, saying he had found a “sense of peace” in the North and was not ready to give up.

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Mark Harmon ended his run at ‘NCIS’.
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The move comes as no shock to fans who have been speculating for months that Harmon’s time on the show may end. Hollywood Reporter It was previously revealed that he had signed a deal to return to the show in Season 19, but in a limited capacity. Although he is with the franchise as a producer, his time in front of the camera ends on the show by Monday.

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Fortunately, the show continues with current cast members such as Murray, Carroll, Katrina Law, Gary Cole, Brian Deetzen, David McCullum, Wilmer Valderrama and Diona Reasoner. Meanwhile, showrunner Steven D. Binder is still in the world of Harmon’s Special Agent Gibbs show and is welcome to come back if the actor decides to reprise his role.

Mark Harmon will remain executive producer on 'NCIS'.

Mark Harmon will remain executive producer on ‘NCIS’.
(Cliff Lipson / CBS)

“As an executive producer and close friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the show’s fabric,” Binder said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “Our North Star is always true to our characters, and that truth always tells the stories we tell and where those characters go. So, as longtime fans of the show have noted, never count on Leroy Jethro Gibbs.”

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