Harmon’s character, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, said goodbye to his law enforcement career in the October 11th episode that marked the actor’s exit.
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On October 11th, ‘NCIS’ star Mark Harmon appeared in what appeared to be his final episode of the procedural drama, which has aired since September 2003. Harmon will no longer appear on the show as his character bid Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs farewell to his law enforcement career. On the episode titled “Great Wide Open,” Gibbs said Special Agent Timothy McGee (played by Sean Murray) was in Alaska to solve a case involving a hit man. Gibbs informed McGee that he will be with The Last Frontier indefinitely.
“I’m not going back, Tim,” Gibbs said to McGee. “I’m not going back home,” he said, adding that he had a “feeling of peace” that he had not felt since the deaths of his first wife Shannon and daughter Kelly, and that he was “not ready to to let go “. share an emotional moment and hug after Gibbs tells McGee that he “couldn’t have hoped for better” that he has taken care of him for the past 18 years.
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One report says Harmon’s exit as a regular series star was planned, provided his screen duties were greatly reduced and Gary Cole was added, who portrays the series character Special Agent Park. Gibbs decided to bid farewell to his career after his suspension at the end of season 18 for attacking a murderer and dog molester. The boat explosion in the last episode that almost killed him was the final nail.
It’s not clear yet if Harmon will repeat his role as Gibbs on ‘NCIS’, but CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said in an interview last month that the actor will never really leave. “Mark has always been part of the show, Mark will always be part of the show. Regarding his on-air appearances, we just have to see how it plays out in the future, “said Kahl.” NCIS “showrunner Steve Binder paid tribute to the actor who has been part of the show since its inception. his arc on the show is over.
“As executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the show. Our North Star has always remained true to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and where those characters are going. Regarding the future of Gibbs, as longtime fans of the show may have noticed over the years … never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out, “Binder said in a statement.