It’s a new year, but Mark Harmon leaving “NCIS” still feels like a very new wound for fans of the long-running drama series.
Mark Harmon said goodbye to his character Gibbs near the beginning of the current 19th season of the series. He was signed on for this season only for a limited capacity, which meant his exit was only inevitable. That didn’t make it any less difficult for fans to say goodbye to the character they had seen for 18 years.
Fans Are Still Missing Gibbs on ‘NCIS’
Recently, the official “NCIS” Instagram account posted a photo of the current team gathered together. The photos are captioned, “The year may be coming to an end but the #NCIS team is here to stay with an all NEW episode, Monday!”
This is a particularly hard pill for fans to swallow, seeing as Gibbs as the team lead was pretty hard to beat. Gary Cole has filled in that position as Agent Parker, but it’s just not the same. Fans proceeded to comment under this post regarding their feelings for this new team and Gibbs’ exit.
“I miss Gibbs” wrote one person, meanwhile someone else was even more blunt when writing “It doesn’t feel like NCIS anymore.”
For some people, despite being fans, it seems like their New Year’s resolution is for “NCIS” to end this season. One person noted, “Not even close to being as good without Gibbs- He was the show!!!! Should have ended it last year!!!”
Although some people like the new team dynamic, others are just wishing to see a familiar face. Even though we don’t see him leading the team, Mark Harmon is still an executive producer for the show. Seeing as he’s a close friend of the program, he could pop back in at some point along the road. However, seeing as he decided to leave, he likely isn’t looking to come back anytime soon.
Mark Harmon Almost Quit Years Ago
While Mark Harmon leaving after 19 seasons has been a hard pill to swallow, imagine if he decided to leave over a decade before then?
According to TV Guide, Harmon came close to leaving the show during its fourth season. This is because he did not get along with the creator and original showrunner of the series, Donald Bellisario.
“Mark’s been working every single day, 16 hours a day. Don tries to micro-manage everything. Script pages get faxed to the set at the last minute, and Mark is tired of dealing with the huge impact that makes on his life,” a source told the news outlet.
CBS ended up taking Harmon’s side and Bellisario left the series instead. Bellisario claimed that Harmon had a full-blown PR campaign in place to get him off the show.