Michael Weatherly Is Leaving ‘NCIS’ This Season

NCIS - Sean Murray and Michael Weatherly
"Incognito" -- After a Marine is found murdered in Quantico hours after calling Gibbs to discuss a possible case, Bishop and McGee go undercover as a married couple to run surveillance on a Marine Lieutenant and his wife, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Sean Murray and Michael Weatherly Photo: Darren Michaels/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

In a shocking move, Michael Weatherly announced today that he’s leaving the hit CBS procedural. TVLine reports exclusively that the actor’s final appearance will come toward the end of this season. David McCallum, who plays Ducky, accidentally confirmed Weatherly’s exit in an interview with the UK magazine, Vulture Hound.

CBS released a statement saying:

“After 13 years on NCIS, Michael Weatherly is leaving the show at the end of this season. He is a valued part of the CBS family, and the immense charm and talent he brings to the screen as ‘Very’ Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today—the No. 1 drama in the world.”

The jury’s still out on what Weatherly’s next step will be, but CBS mentioned they looked forward to working on other projects with the actor, who announced earlier this year he’s developing a “hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation” of the classic novel Little Women for the CW.

Weatherly took to Twitter to show his love for the show and for fans’ support. He called his character, Special Agent Tony DiNozzo, “a wonderful, quixotic character” who he’s had fun playing over the past decade.

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