Just days after Mark Harmon’s long-time NCIS character Leroy Jethro Gibbs officially departed from the series, fans continue to question whether or not Gary Cole’s Alden Parker will officially replace Gibbs on the crime investigating team.
The NCIS Twitter feed is also teasing fans with the possibility that Alden Parker will be replacing Gibbs.
NCIS fans quickly responded to the tweet. “It’s gonna take me a minute to process this all,” one fan tweeted. “I’m glad Bishop is gone, I did not like her at all. It took me literally up until last season to warm up to Torres and I’m not feeling that Jessica character period.”
Other fans were more interested in making McGee team leader instead. “Please make McGee team leader. He has been an NCIS agent for a long time. He has earned it.”
Another fan went on to add, “Hope Gibbs table is occupied by McGee, don’t give it to Parker.”
Following the news that Mark Harmon was officially leaving the series, NCIS showrunner, Steve Binder shared in a statement that Harmon will continue to be an “integral part” of the show. “Our North Star has laws been staying true to our characters. And that trust has guided the stories we tell and where those characters go.”
The showrunner also stated that in regards to the future of Harmon’s NCIS character.
“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.”
Gary Cole’s character was introduced at the beginning of NCIS‘ nineteenth season.
Rocky Carroll Reveals Why Having a Strong Relationship WIth ‘NCIS’ Co-Star Mark Harmon Was a Huge Help For the Role
During a May 2021 interview with the Los Angeles CBS affiliate, Rocky Carroll discussing his relationship with NCIS co-star Mark Harmon and why the friendship helped with his role on the hit series.
“Mark Harmon and I actually met on Chicago Hope back in the ’90s. We were both members of the cast for three seasons. The next time I saw him was during the end of the season of NCIS.”
Carroll also recalled his NCIS audition had less to with him auditioning for the part and more to do with Harmon saying, “I know this guy. I like him. You should hire him.” Carole then said that over time his character, Director Vance, became part of the team, even though he is head of the NCIS organization.
“The writers gave me a lot of leeway with regard to that,” Carroll goes on to add. “Having had a relationship with Mark Harmon prior to that was a huge help as well. We just have fun going back and forth.”