Michael Weatherly Leaving NCIS After 13 Seasons

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Michael Weatherly has decided to move on from NCIS.

Weatherly is one of four original cast members remaining on NCIS. As lovable Tony DiNozzo, the writers will have to determine what to do when his character leaves, a nugget actor David McCallum, who plays Ducky, let slip in a recent interview with Vulture Magazine. With the cat out of the bag, confirmation of the news has followed.

Michael Weatherly Leaving

“After 13 years on NCIS, Michael Weatherly is leaving the show at the end of this season,” reads a statement from CBS. “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,” the statement continues, “and look forward to continuing to develop projects with him as part of our ongoing development deal.”

Weatherly himself took to twitter to share his own thoughts.

He also noted that "Les Moonves and CBS gave me the opportunity of a lifetime," and:

We know you're going to have a lot to say about this stunning news, so hit the comments! Be sure to watch NCIS online if you want to see more of the enjoyable Weatherly in action!

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