NCIS is getting ready to end season 13 on CBS, and this season ender will also mark the exit of Michael Weatherly from the long running series. The actor announced his departure back in January after one of his co-stars revealed that someone was leaving the series at the end of the season.
Season 13 has now wrapped production, and Michael Weatherly has spent his last days on the set as Tony DiNozzo. He spoke about his decision to leave the series with TV Insider.
Why did Michael Weatherly decide to leave the series? He connected his departure to exit of Cote de Pablo. He said the following:
“Their great dynamic, the badinage and sparring and flirting between those two characters and how they would swing from siblings to near lovers and back to buddies. That was gone, and then I got to the point where I felt I’d stayed at the party for too long. I would look around the room and other people were really in sync and having fun. The show was a huge success, but I just suddenly realized that I probably had other things that I should be doing. And then the wanderlust set in. I directed a documentary. I have a production company. And I wanted to spend time with my family.”
Weatherly might also be back on television. He is waiting to hear back on a new project. The pilot, called Bull, could land on the CBS network next season. Weatherly will find out at CBS’ upfronts later this month.
For now, fans can get ready to say goodbye to Tony. Are you sad to see Michael Weatherly leave NCIS? Tell us what you think.