Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Pauley Perrette Corrects Michael Weatherly: She Will Not Be Back on Any “NCIS”


Pauley Perrette will not be returning to “NCIS.”

Michael Weatherly told’s broadband interviewer: “I know that Pauley Perrette will be back in some capacity.” Weatherly’s quote is not floating around as a story from, the publishing company that owns People (it used to be called Time Life).

I contacted Pauley when I saw this headline. She left at the end of last season after 15 years, and it wasn’t happy. So I was surprised by Weatherly’s comment. So was she. Perrette sent me a succinct message: “I’m not going back.”

No, she’s not. It’s unclear what Weatherly was thinking about when he said it, maybe he was just being hopeful. Perrette deserves her own show somewhere, at this point. She left “NCIS” on her own terms because, whether it was a pet or a person, something was making her unhappy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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