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.
“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.
DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character & I couldn't have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons pic.twitter.com/GR7YSsmsKJ— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) January 5, 2016
He also noted that "Les Moonves and CBS gave me the opportunity of a lifetime," and:
I will miss the amazing crew & cast, who are like family to me, & to the fans all over the world - THANK YOU, it’s been a fantastic ride!— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) January 5, 2016
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