“NCIS” original Mark Harmon and his character bid farewell to the CBS drama series in Monday’s episode after more than 18 seasons.
Harmon’s alter-ego, 70, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Sean Murray), informed NCIS Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) that he would stay in Alaska, where he had just solved a case, has noted Deadline.
In a fishing scene, Gibbs told Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) that he felt a “sense of peace” in Alaska. Gibbs complimented McGee for watching his back for 18 years and the two shared a hug.
The character of Harmon suffered a suspension and a boat explosion the previous season.
“As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the series,” executive producer and showrunner Steve Binder said in a statement. posted on twitter
. “Our North Star has always stuck with our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and where those characters go. So when it comes to Gibbs’ future, as longtime fans of the show may have noticed over the years … never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
As Monday’s episode marks the end of Harmon’s run as a regular, Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, has hinted that he might return from time to time.
“We’ll just have to see how that plays out in the future,” Kahl said.
TVLine reported that Harmon wanted to leave after last season, but agreed to return in limited appearances to ensure “NCIS” would be renewed.