‘NCIS’ Alum Maria Bello Delivered a Speech to Cast Members in Her Final Day on Set

by Lauren Boisvert

Maria Bello played Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane on “NCIS” starting in season 15 for 73 episodes before leaving in season 18 last year. She made a post on Instagram then about her bittersweet departure, and what the experience meant to her.

“I’ve learned many things on this journey for the last three and a half years,” she wrote in her caption. “I learned about commitment and community. I’ve learned that the woman I am enjoys process over product. I’ve never worked with a kinder, more generous group of people.”

She went on to mention the speech she made to the cast and crew when she left. She wrote, “Though in our business, like many, there are quite a few assholes – there is not one on the set of NCIS – in front of or behind the camera. Only a profoundly decent group of people who care more about each other and the world in general than what is in it for them.”

She wrote that she understands why the show has been on for so long, writing, “you must all feel our love.” In a poignant ending, she said what I think all “NCIS” fans need to hear right now: “Keep watching. I have a feeling there will be many more years to come.”

“Thank you to all of my pals at NCIS and to all of our fans,” she concluded. “I am truly grateful.”

‘NCIS’: Fans Are Starting to Like Alden Parker

There was a lot of pushback in the beginning when Gary Cole’s Alden Parker took over for Gibbs on “NCIS.” Fans didn’t want to see Gibbs go, first of all; second, Parker was so different from Gibbs that fans were averse to him almost immediately. Add that to the fact that he spent most of his time trying to arrest Gibbs, and he didn’t really start off on the right foot with fans.

But, now it seems like he’s here for a while, and fans are starting to get used to him. One fan wrote in a Reddit thread, “My wife and I agree that Agent Cole is a welcome breath of fresh air on the show. The dour Gibbs routine was growing tired anyway. The longer that character was there, the more depressing he became and the less enjoyable the show was. Harmon could have left the show a couple years ago as far as I’m concerned.”

That’s some serious tough love for Gibbs. The commenter finished, “I’m hopeful that as senior field agent, they’ll keep Cole as a co-equal character to the others rather than the depressing focus that was Gibbs.”

It’s nice to see that Parker is finally growing on some fans. He seems like he’ll continue to be a much more lighthearted, easy-going presence on “NCIS” than Gibbs was. Not saying it’s better; just a good kind of different.