Michael Weatherly may have turned in his badge and gun on “NCIS” as Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo back in 2016, but there’s one thing he couldn’t hand in.
Weatherly played his fan-favorite character for 13 seasons since the very beginning of the crime show. When he left, it was quite the adjustment.
As a reminder of his time on the show and on set, Weatherly snatched one thing before officially clocking out.
“I took one other thing that I am not allowed to say what it is, but I took one secret thing from the set that I’ll keep with me. That’ll be a thing that makes me laugh every time I look at it. It’s a small memento but I can’t share it with you just because I don’t want to get anyone in trouble,” Weatherly said in an interview with Parade from 2016.
It’s unclear exactly what this mystery prop is. Given Weatherly’s amazing sense of humor, it could really be anything. He revealed in that same interview that he snatched DiNozzo’s sunglasses and his classic “NCIS” hat. He also kept the two beaded German Shepherd toys that a fan sent to him. They’ve been sitting on his desk at the “NCIS” headquarters for years. They are actually in honor of his two real-life dogs, Oriana and Quantum.
Lastly, he also wanted to hold onto his nice John Varvatos boots he wore throughout season three.
Whatever the secret thing happens to be, it has to be slightly more important or even a tad scandalous.
Michael Weatherly Jokes About ‘NCIS’ Departure
After spending about 13 years on the show, Weatherly had gotten close to his “NCIS” family and his beloved character.
So, why did he have to leave at all?
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight from 2016, he explains that his character had to leave at some point. It was only natural to the progression of the series.
“I should have left years ago, but I was having so much fun I overstayed my welcome horribly, like the guest who won’t leave and keeps digging into your fridge,” Weatherly said.
He admits that “we had a good decade” and that his time on the show was incredibly valuable to him. There’s one part of the show that fans miss dearly, but he doesn’t necessarily agree with.
“I won’t miss the head slap,” Weatherly joked during the interview. However, watching Leroy Jethro Gibbs, or Mark Harmon, go in for a hard slap to the back of the head was peak “NCIS” humor. In many ways, Michael Weatherly and his character are what separated “NCIS” from other crime shows.
Weatherly and some other characters brought along a very distinctive sense of humor that helped relieve some of the dark and serious subject matter.