Michael Weatherly To Leave NCIS After 13 Seasons
After 13 years, actor Michael Weatherly has announced he will be leaving the insanely popular CBS series NCIS. The actor has portrayed 'Very' Special Agent Tony DiNozzo for one year longer than Tom Coughlin has coached the New York Giants (a timely comparison if you are a sports fan). The new was leaked accidentally by co-star David McCallum in an interview but it was made official yesterday. McCallum and Weatherly are two of the original four that started the series in 2003 along with Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette. The series is a spinoff of the long since cancelled JAG and has had two spinoffs of its own.
Weatherly tweeted yesterday in response of the news:
DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character & I couldn't have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons. Les Moonves & CBS gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I will miss the amazing crew & cast, who are like family to me, & to the fans all over the world — THANK YOU, it's been a fantastic ride!
If you are not familiar with NCIS… and I think you would have to actively try to avoid it after all these years to not know something about it… then you may recognize Weatherly as Logan Cale from Dark Angel. In a fun twist of fate Weatherly played Robert Wagner in a TV Movie called The Mystery of Natalie Wood… years later when casting the role of DiNozzo's father the series producers cast Robert Wagner.
Weatherly will exit the series at the seasons end.