NCIS Star Emily Wickersham Announces Departure from Show After Season Finale
By Movieguide® Staff
NCIS star Emily Wickersham announced her official departure from the hit detective series.
“Hangin this hat and jacket up. What a great ride it’s been,” Wickersham posted to her Instagram.
Wickersham, who plays the role of Ellie Bishop, made her announcement after the Season 18 finale left fans wondering whether the actress would return.
“During the season finale, Wickersham’s Bishop confessed to leaking classified NSA documents (even though she didn’t) and quit her job in the NCIS to go undercover as a disgraced agent. Bishop kissed Nicholas Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) goodbye and said she would be gone for a long time,” USA Today reported.
In 2013, Wickersham joined the beloved NCIS team and began her journey in Season 11.
“This cast, this crew, are top notch. I can’t say enough kind words about this group that I’ve had the pleasure of working with for close to 8 years now and 172 episodes later,” Wickersham wrote.
Wickersham noted the rare treasure of consistency in the entertainment business and said she is grateful to have had the time with NCIS and its fans.
“This business is finicky and weird and consistency is a rarity,” Wickersham said. “I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a show where I got to show up and act and laugh and learn with wonderful people. A moment in time I surely won’t forget.”
“Thank you CBS and NCIS for including me in a part of television history,” she added. “Time goes fast. Eat it up but chew slowly.”
CBS TV’s official Instagram account commented on Wickersham’s post, bidding the actress a farewell.
“Thanks for making history with us,” CBS TV commented, adding: “Our one and only Ellie Bishop.”
The absence of Bishop is not the only change coming for NCIS ahead of its 19th season.
Movieguide® previously reported:
After 18 Seasons of NCIS, the hit crime series cemented itself as a staple on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. However, the most-watched series on CBS and Mark Harmon are moving to a new time slot for the upcoming season.
“We ware looking at this as a long-term scheduling move,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl told Deadline. “How do you help a night? You help a night by moving the No. 1 drama there and use that drama to launch another show. Instantly, our Monday night becomes very very strong. Our Tuesday night becomes very strong.”