Mark Harmon Officially Exits NCIS as Series Regular
By Movieguide® Staff
After 18 seasons, Mark Harmon officially bid farewell to his lead role on the CBS staple NCIS.
“I’m not going back, Tim,” Harmon’s Gibbs said in the Oct. 11 episode, signaling his departure. “I’m not going back home.”
Harmon’s exit should not shock fans, as many media outlets, including Movieguide®, have reported on the speculation for more than a year.
However, just because Harmon will no longer be a series regular does not mean fans won’t see him again.
“As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show. Our north star has always been staying true to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and where those characters go. So regarding the future of Gibbs, as long-time fans of the show may have noticed over the years…never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out,” said Steven D. Binder, NCIS executive producer/showrunner.
Furthermore, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl stated, “Mark’s always been part of the show, Mark’s always going to be part of the show. In terms of his on-air appearances, we’re just going to have to see how it plays out going forward.”
Many fans posted to social media that they would not watch the show after Harmon’s departure.
“I am a long time fan. But with Gibbs gone I’m a fan no more,” one person posted to Instagram.
“Without Gibbs there is no show..I just don’t care for the new guy at all..at least Gibbs got the ending he deserved,” another person wrote.
“If Gibbs goes, we all go!!” someone else commented.
Harmon will remain a franchise producer, though, and be engaged off camera.
Movieguide® has honored NCIS with multiple Movieguide® Award nominations, including the Season 17 finale, “The Arizona.”