‘NCIS’: Why Pauley Perrette Left The Show After 15 Seasons

by Joe Rutland

Pauley Perrette is one cast member from NCIS that fans still remember even after she left with 15 seasons under her belt. Why, though, did the actress who played Abby Sciuto leave the popular CBS drama? It had to do with some conflicts between Perrette and lead actor Mark Harmon.

Pauley Perrette Leaves ‘NCIS’ After Run-In With Mark Harmon

The last time NCIS had Perrette as Abby on there was in 2018. One time, Harmon brought his dog to the show and there was a situation between it and a crew member. Reportedly, the dog bit this crew member, and stitches were needed. Perrette did not feel safe after this situation.

Her unease was around having the dog there. Harmon, who also is an executive producer on the show, still brought his dog around. This situation just did not get handled well in Perrette’s eyes. So, this happened in 2016 and things between the show’s stars went downhill. Fans might want her to return but Perrette has been very clear, especially on social media, that she’s not coming back. Don’t expect her to return at all even with Harmon off the show in his Leroy Jethro Gibbs character. As we said, he’s still connected with NCIS.

Recent Online Comments Seem To Cement Reports Of Perrette Retirement

These days, Perrette reportedly is retired from show business. You can follow her on Twitter but she’s likely going to share thoughts on issues that mean a lot to her personally. No NCIS chatter from one of this series’ most beloved actresses.

Earlier in April, Perrette did talk about something she was involved in and mentioned her dietary habits, too. It’s a little look-see into the life of this beloved star.

Others have left this show, too, over the years. Michael Weatherly left his Tony DiNozzo character behind and is just wrapping up working on his recent series Bull. Meanwhile, the show rolls along as Gary Cole joined the show as Special Agent Alden Parker. He talked about how his entrance into the series was handled in an interview with TV Insider.

“The writers were very smart when they had [Parker] arrive during a conflict among the other characters,” Cole said. “They were chasing a serial killer and Parker was chasing the same one. They collided in the middle of a case so there was immediate conflict and animosity [between him and Timothy McGee, played by Sean Murray], which was good. I thought it was handled pretty well. The most important thing was how he entered as a character. He didn’t just show up and say he was the new guy.” You can catch NCIS on Monday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, on CBS.