TVLine was first to report today that when the 13th season of “NCIS” on CBS will be done, so will one of its stars.
Michael Weatherly, who plays NCIS Special Agent Tony DiNozzo on the veteran drama, will not return for another season.
“After 13 years on “NCIS”, Michael Weatherly is leaving the show at the end of this season,” CBS said in a statement. “He is a valued part of the CBS family, and the immense charm and talent he brings to the screen as ‘Very’ Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today – the No. 1 drama in the world. We thank Michael for all of his contributions to this successful franchise.”
Weatherly himself said about his long run: ““DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character and I couldn’t have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons…. [CBS Corp. Chief] Les Moonves and CBS gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I will miss the amazing crew and cast, who are like family to me, and to the fans all over the world — THANK YOU, it’s been a fantastic ride!”
The first hint of Weatherly leaving came from this interview in Vulutre Hound.