If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: there’s no NCIS without Gibbs. Fans seem to be thinking the same thing, as many of them took to Twitter to express their sadness at losing Gibbs from the show.
“I was not ready for that ending!!!” wrote one fan. Another commenter noted that TV shows don’t usually make them emotional, but “watching #NCIS say goodbye to Gibbs/Mark Harmon after 19 seasons broke me.”
“OMG! What an emotional ending to last night’s #NCIS episode and what a beautiful way to end Leroy Jethro Gibbs story after 18 years and seasons,” wrote another fan, saying a heartfelt goodbye to Gibbs. Every tweet was full of crying emojis, which is to be expected.
Mark Harmon expressed his desire to leave the show last season, but, according to TV Line, CBS might not have renewed NCIS for a 19th season if he left. He decided to stay for season 19 in a limited role, while also keeping executive producer duties.
Showrunner Steven D. Binder had reassurances for fans who would miss Mark Harmon on the show, saying, “As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show…So regarding the future of Gibbs, as long-time fans of the show may have noticed over the years… never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”
Maybe he’ll be back every once in a while, when Mark Harmon feels like putting that detective cap back on. It’s possible the team will use Gibbs as an outside source on cases, and he’ll surprise us one day by showing up again to help his team. All speculation, of course, and wishful thinking.
‘NCIS’: Fans Express Disappointment at Gibbs Leaving
Some fans tweeted that they wouldn’t watch the show anymore because of Gibbs leaving. “I’ve seen every single episode. I’ve seen people come and go, from Kate, Ziva, Tony, Abby and even Bishop but NCIS is Gibbs. He goes, I go,” wrote one fan.
“Well, this was MY last time watching the show. There is no #NCIS without Gibbs,” another commenter wrote.
Yet another fan expressed that they wouldn’t be watching anymore, but not out of some punishment for the show for taking away their favorite character; simply because it seemed like a natural stopping point. “I loved the ending for Gibbs, and I won’t watch anymore NCIS,” the fan wrote. “That ending was perfect, that’s where they should’ve just ended the season. Definitely bittersweet.”
It would be nice to bring back everyone who left NCIS for the final episode, whenever that will be. They could cap it at 20 seasons, or go to 500 episodes. Either way, something tells me NCIS has a lot of life ahead of it if the ratings are kind.