‘NCIS’: Possible Theories on How Mark Harmon’s Gibbs Could Appear on ‘Hawai’i’ Spinoff

by Matthew Wilson

After that Season 18 cliffhanger, “NCIS” fans are wondering where they’ll see Mark Harmon’s Leroy Gibbs next. Could he appear in the “NCIS: Hawai’i” spinoff?

Nothing is confirmed on the matter. But fans have speculated on Harmon making an appearance in Hawaii. In a recent Reddit post, fans discussed whether Gibbs might do his best Thomas Magnum impression down in the Ahola State. Maybe Harmon might retire from “NCIS” regular to appear somewhere more tropical?

One Redditor wrote, “I see him appearing on it as a retiree who lives in Hawaii once he’s fully phased out of the original. I’m probably wrong but that’s only logical way I see him on the show.”

But as a whole, most users seem pessimistic that Gibbs will appear on the “NCIS” spinoff. One user pointed out that Harmon was reluctant to sign-up for a Season 19. But that same user believes that Emily Wickersham’s Bishop could make the jump to the spin-off.

“Doubtful, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to sign on to season 19 of NCIS. He wants to retire and spend time with his family, that’s why his role in NCIS has been reduced,” they wrote. “Now Bishop, on the other hand, I could see joining NCIS Hawaii. Coming out of a long-term undercover op, ending up in Hawaii. It’s a long shot, but it’s a better shot than Gibbs showing up.”

“NCIS: Hawai’i” will star Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant. It’s the newest spin-off to the “NCIS” franchise after “New Orleans” cancelation. Usually, cast members from “NCIS” proper have introduced the spin-offs to the franchise. But could “NCIS: Los Angeles” take that role this time?

Mark Harmon on ‘NCIS’

Mark Harmon has been on “NCIS” for almost 20 years. That’s a long time for an actor to play one role on a project. During that time actors have come and gone, but Harmon’s Gibbs has been the glue holding the whole show together. So much so, that it’s rumored that CBS threatened to cancel the show if Harmon quit altogether.

Instead, it appears Harmon will take a more limited approach for Season 19. CBS Entertainment boss Kelly Kahl discussed taking Harmon’s contract on a year-by-year basis. With Gibbs disappearing after his boat exploding, could he be faking his death?

“We’d love to have [Mark Harmon] as long as he’d like to be here. Even in this past season, he might have been light in a couple of [episodes], so we’re happy to work around his schedule,” she told Express.

Fans of “NCIS” might see Harmon’s character more in the shadows than he has been in past seasons. It probably doesn’t look good for an appearance on the upcoming spin-off.