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Why Did Mark Harmon Leave NCIS Show in 2022?

Gone, but not forgotten until very recently. Mark Harmon, a longtime NCIS actor, left the CBS crime drama last fall, four episodes into its 19th season. Harmon continued to lead the opening credits for the rest of the season even though his character Gibbs was no longer on the show.

Season 20’s debut on Monday finally brought about a change. Sean Murray, who plays McNCIS Gee, now appears in the show’s opening credits before co-stars Wilmer Valderrama, Katrina Law, Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover, David McCallum, Rocky Carroll, and Gary Cole.

 

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I could not have hoped for anyone better to watch my back for the past 18 years than you, Tim,” Gibbs said to McGee as he handed the reins over to him in the final scene of the show, which featured Cole and Law joining the cast in season 19 before Harmon’s departure.

 

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Fans of NCIS were understandably saddened by Gibbs’ departure, but executive producer and showrunner Steven D. Binder offered some solace in a statement at the time about his departure. He said, “Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show as an executive producer and dear friend.

 

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Long-time viewers of the show may have noticed over the years that Leroy Jethro Gibbs is still a possibility because “our north star has always been staying true to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and where those characters go.”

Mondays at 9 p.m., NCIS premieres a new episode. CBS, ET/PT.