Mark Harmon is exiting NCIS after 18 years on the show, and he’ll still be a producer

Mark Harmon Officially ended his career as a series regular on CBS’ long-running procedural drama.NCIS” Monday.

The final episode was a farewell to Harmon’s character, special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, who has been with the series for the past 18 years after making his debut on the show”Iin 2003.

according to final dateMonday’s episode, “Great Wide Open,” saw Gibbs and Special Agent Timothy McGee, played by Sam Murray, venturing into Alaska to find a contract killer who was hired by a local business. In the wake of 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 remain in Alaska, stating that he had found a “sense of peace” in the North and was not yet ready to give it up.

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Mark Harmon finished his NCIS run.
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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 might be ending. The Hollywood Reporter It was previously revealed that he signed a deal to return to the show in season 19, but in a limited capacity. Although he will remain with the franchise as producer, it appears his time in front of the camera on the show is over as of Monday.

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Fortunately, the show will continue with the tide cast The likes of Murray, Carol, Katrina Lowe, Gary Cole, Brian Dietzen, David McCallum, Wilmer Valderrama and Diona Rayson Over. Meanwhile, showrunner Stephen D. Bender noted that Harmon’s special agent Gibbs is still in the show world and welcomes a return if the actor decides to reprise his role.

Mark Harmon will stay in

Mark Harmon will remain at NCIS as executive producer.
(Cliff Lipson/CBS)

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“As executive producer and dear friend, Mark remains an integral part of the show’s fabric,” Bender said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “Our North Star has always been true to our characters, and that fact has always guided us through the stories we tell and where those characters go. So, as far as Gibbs’ future is concerned, longtime fans of the show have taken notice over the years…don’t count Never to tell Jethro Gibbs.”

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