‘FBI’: Is Omar Adom Zidan Leaving the Show?

by Jennifer Shea

On “FBI,” Omar Adom Zidan (Zeeko Zaki), known as OA, faces a choice. He can keep dating federal prosecutor Mona Nazari (Yasmine Aker), or he can keep his job.

Mona has been lobbying OA to quit for awhile. But where would OA go if he left the FBI? And would OA’s departure from the agency mean Zaki is leaving the show?

According to Distractify, “FBI” fans were pretty anxious about OA’s decision. But he ultimately made the inevitable pick: faced with a choice between Mona and his work, he chose the job.

‘FBI’ Stars Talk About Partners’ Friendship

Meanwhile, OA has a great rapport with Special Agent Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym). Zaki and Peregrym spoke with TV Insider this September about their characters’ partnership onscreen and their friendship offscreen.

“What’s fun about Season 4 is they work so well together,” Peregrym said of the FBI partners. “Ultimately, Maggie and OA have each other’s backs, and they really care about each other.”

“[Their partnership has] become the backbone of the show!” Zaki chimed in.

“It’s very organic, because Zeeko and I get along incredibly well,” Peregrym added.

“We laugh so much that we come off as more professional when we’re not together!” Zaki agreed.

CBS Show Draws High Tuesday Night Ratings

“FBI” has been doing well in ratings lately, with the show garnering 7 million viewers this past Tuesday, the largest audience share of the night. In terms of overall viewership, it bested “The Voice” and “La Brea,” according to TVLine.

The show follows the adventures of special agents working in the FBI’s New York City office, whose caseload spans terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence matters. It was created by Dick Wolf, known for “Law & Order” and its spinoffs, and the “Law & Order” team.

Wolf told Variety this autumn that since he started in television four decades ago, audiences’ viewing habits have changed considerably. That observation inspired a three-hour “FBI” crossover event this season, in which one case spans episodes of “FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted” and “FBI: International.”

“The average is three hours,” Wolf told Variety in September. “That seems to be where people are most comfortable if they’re going to sit down and watch something.”

But Wolf also said he considered that crossover event a “training” exercise for audiences, whom he hopes will make a habit of watching all three “FBI” shows, even when there is not a crossover event going on. That would, after all, be best for his ratings.

“The proof is in the first two [episodes],” Wolf said of the three-hour event. “We’re just adding on dessert.”