Even if you don’t watch “NCIS,” you probably know the show and Mark Harmon are synonymous with one another. Since it premiered in 2003, Mark Harmon has been the face of “NCIS”, acting as the crew’s Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
Although the cast has ebbed and flowed throughout the years, Harmon’s character has stayed consistent. It’s also somewhat hard to imagine the CBS crime drama without Gibbs at the helm.
While his character is an integral part of the show, it’s a well-known fact that at some point, Harmon will have to say goodbye to the show. As of late, rumors are circulating as to when the veteran actor will make his departure.
Yet, the topic of Harmon’s inevitable exit is still a hot topic for “NCIS” fans. Here’s what he knows about the show’s lead character leaving the show and when fans can expect the announcement.
No Date as to When Harmon Will Leave ‘NCIS’
During a 2019 interview with People, Harmon talked at length about how as long as there are intelligent, exciting stories to tell, he’ll continue to play the role of Gibbs.
“I’ve always thought if there’s ever a time where the writers are walking into the room and going ‘I don’t know what to do,’ then I think we all have to look at each other and call it a day. But we’re not there yet.”
He also added that the show’s popularity and long-running success are unique, so he’s planning to stick with his “NCIS” crew for a while.
“I’ve been around long enough to know what this is. That commitment is part of what I signed up for; I know when this show ends, there won’t be anything else like this for me.”
Moreso, during an interview in 2015 with James Corden, Harmon confessed that he doesn’t think Gibbs isn’t replaceable to the point where the show wouldn’t last without him.
“Nothing goes on forever, but you’ve got to respect what this show is doing, 16 years in, and how it’s doing it, and the people who are there punching in every morning and building what this is,” he said to People. “There’s a tremendous amount of pride there, so I see no reason to leave.”