Mark Harmon Breaks Silence on NCIS Exit, Updates Fans on Gibbs – Must Read!

Mark Harmon, the esteemed 70-year-old actor known for his role as special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS, bid farewell to the long-running CBS crime drama after leading it for an impressive 18 years. His departure in the episode titled “Great Wide Open” from season 19 left devoted fans grieving.

In a recent DVD special featurette, Harmon spoke for the first time about his departure, expressing his thoughts on Gibbs’ exit and the path his character had taken. “Plot-wise, this character has taken the path that he did. I thought it was honest,” he reflected.

Gibbs’ final episode showcased a heartwarming moment between him and special agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) during a fishing trip in Alaska. In this touching scene, Gibbs disclosed to McGee that he wouldn’t be returning to work, uncertain of how long his absence might last. Harmon clarified, “I’m not retired. The character is living in Alaska as far as I know.”

Executive producer and showrunner Steven D. Binder honored Harmon’s monumental 18-year contribution to the series in a statement following his departure. Binder emphasized Harmon’s ongoing significance to the show, affirming, “As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show.” He highlighted the essence of staying true to the characters, hinting at the enigmatic future of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. “Regarding the future of Gibbs, as long-time fans of the show may have noticed over the years…never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out,” Binder emphasized.

Despite Harmon’s exit, NCIS marches on, with its 22nd season slated to premiere on September 19 on CBS.

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