Gibbs Rule #42: Always know when to leave. Pauley Perrette has announced today that this will be her final season on the hit series NCIS. Perrette, who plays forensic specialist Abby Sciuto, has been with the show for 15 seasons.
She appeared in the pilot back in 2003 along with Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Sasha Alexander and David McCallum. She also appeared in the 2-part episode of JAG with Harmon and Weatherly that worked as a back-door pilot for the spinoff series. Many people forget that NCIS, which has multiple spinoffs, was in fact a spinoff itself.
Perrette took to social media today to make the announcement because of a series of rumors that have been swirling around of late. In her statement, she denied that she was leaving because she has a skin care line, and dismissed rumors of tension between her and the show or the network.
NCIS just kicked off their fifteenth season last week, and it continues to be a ratings hog for the network. The Harmon-led cast has gone through a lot of changes in that time, but the core of the series was always: Gibbs, DiNozzo, Abby and Ducky… and I guess we'll count Tim, who joined later in Season 1. But Weatherly left the series after the thirteenth season and now stars in Bull, which airs after NCIS. Alexander left the series at the start of the third season and went on to star in Rizzoli & Isles.