Does ‘NCIS’ Star Mark Harmon’s New Role on ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Spinoff Mean He’s Leaving the Original Series?

by Anna Dunn

While nothing has been confirmed, some are speculating that NCIS star Mark Harmon will executive produce the upcoming NCIS: Hawai’i. Harmon, who is an executive producer for NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans, is rumored to want out of his role as Jethro Gibbs on NCIS. But does this mean he’ll also stop executive producing?

At this point, it’s hard to tell what’s next for Harmon. Very little has been confirmed or officially announced. But for fans worried about season 19, which comes out in the fall, you can take a breath. CBS has confirmed that Harmon will be on the series. The network hasn’t specified how much.

If Harmon were to executive produce NCIS: Hawai’i, it probably wouldn’t have an effect on his already tentative role as Gibbs. Gibbs may only appear in a handful of episodes in season 19 as it is. Harmon has already doubled as a full-time actor and executive producer many times before.

Many, however, feel like Harmon will leave as both an actor and executive producer. Especially since he really seems to want out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The actor, who’s been on the show since 2003, was apparently eyeing leaving the show before CBS said that they wouldn’t renew it unless he was on board.

Mark Harmon has played leading man Jethro Gibs for almost two decades now. If the star does decide to leave, season 19 could potentially be the last for NCIS. While this could open up Harmon’s schedule, it’s unclear if he’s leaving acting for more behind-the-scenes work, trying to find new gigs, or simply retiring.

CBS Executives Want Harmon To Stay on ‘NCIS’

Most fans feel like there’s no NCIS without Jethro Gibbs. CBS knows this. For the network, that’s a problem, because the show and its spinoffs have been highly lucrative for the company, dominating the TV drama ratings. In fact, the show frequently draws in an astounding 12 million viewers per episode.

Regardless of whether or not Harmon decides to help produce, many are looking forward to NCIS: Hawai’i, the show features the first female lead in the NCIS franchise. It’ll also feature a dynamic cast in a new setting while retaining a traditional NCIS plot formula.

NCIS has been a fan favorite show for almost two decades, and while it may be time to say goodbye to Mark Harmon soon, it’ll also be time to welcome in the new faces behind NCIS: Hawai’i.