‘NCIS’: Why are Maria Bello and Emily Wickersham Still on Show’s Website?

by Joe Rutland

Longtime fans of NCIS know that Maria Bello and Emily Wickersham have left the show. Why are their names still on the show’s website?

One thought is that the show is leaving a possibility open for them to return.

But others might believe that CBS just hasn’t felt the overwhelming urge to drop them from the show’s active roster.

If you don’t believe us, Outsiders, then you can check for yourself right here.

Bello played Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane from 2017-21. Wickersham played Special Agent Ellie Bishop from 2013-21.

This season has seen NCIS move from its traditional Tuesday night slot to Monday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, on CBS.

Also, another longtime cast member, Mark Harmon, left the show and his Leroy Jethro Gibbs character. Gary Cole has joined the show to fill that space.

‘NCIS’ Fans Speak Up About True Feelings When Wickersham Took Off

Well, we do know that NCIS fans are a supportive bunch.

But seeing Wickersham high-tail it out did leave some fans a little stuffy.

A Reddit thread titled “Goodbye Emily Wickersham” outlines some of Wickersham’s final moments on NCIS and fans’ overall reactions. One fan wrote that they were “even more disappointed” regarding her last episode after seeing her goodbye announcement on her public Instagram account.

It was a sentimental post and seemed to prove that she was leaving NCIS on good terms. But this fan believed that “it could be argued that Emily’s exit was planned, but it FEELS like it wasn’t. Like, if it was planned, the execution of her departure was very poor.”

There are some fans speculating about her departure being her choice or not. One fan writes, “Personally, I thought she fit in really well and had great character development and she’s just amazing overall.”

The Real Reason That Bello Left Show And Her ‘Jack’ Sloane Role

Alright, so why did Bello take off and leave NCIS?

She tells TV Insider she left for another work commitment. Bello said it had both “adventure travel and women’s history” in it.

So, Bello said that she’s had “this commitment for years to make a movie, The Woman King, with Viola Davis.”

The actress said that the movie is “a female Braveheart based on 5,000 women warriors in [the 18th- and 19th-century African kingdom of] Dahomey, modern-day Benin. The French said they were the biggest badasses they’d ever fought.”

A story in CinemaBlend states that her NCIS contract also was expiring. In her original contract, she was down for shows in Seasons 15-17. But the last season was closed due to COVID-19.

Bello agreed to stay with NCIS for the start of Season 18 so that “Jack” Sloane could get a proper exit.