Sunday, May 26, 2024

Mark Harmon Exits “NCIS” After 18 Years as Show Says Goodbye to Leroy Jethro Gibbs For Good


Stick a fork in “NCIS.” Gibbs has left the building.

Mark Harmon exited his starring role as Leroy Jethro Gibbs tonight on CBS’s “NCIS.” The show is in serious ratings decline in its 19th season. Harmon, rumored to be leaving or cutting back on episodes, was written out for good.

Producers say Gibbs could turn up again, but I would guess that would be in a series finale– which could be next winter or spring. Gibbs had a chance to say goodbye to McGee, who’s still a regular character, and Ducky, who is semi-retired.

Harmon’s name is still on the show credits as an Executive Producer. But that’s in name only. He’s 70 years old, presumably very rich, and he’s over it. Also, there’s no more money to squeeze from this orange. And think of all the actors who he outlasted, some of whom don’t have great memories of him.

We’ll see in the morning how tonight’s ratings went. And how they fall out over the next weeks without Harmon.

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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