‘NCIS’ Star Michael Weatherly to Exit After 13 Seasons

Michael Weatherly NCIS final episode
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NCIS” star Michael Weatherly will leave the long-running CBS franchise at the end of the current season, Variety has confirmed. He’s been part of the cast for 13 years, playing special agent Anthony DiNozzo.

The star made the announcement in a series of tweets, saying “DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character & I couldn’t have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons.” He also credited CBS CEO Les Moonves for giving him “the opportunity of a lifetime.”

In a statement CBS said, “He is a valued part of the CBS family, and the immense charm and talent he brings to the screen as ‘Very’ Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today – the #1 drama in the world.  We thank Michael for all of his contributions to this successful franchise and look forward to continuing to develop projects with him as part of our ongoing development deal.”

Weatherly signed a two-year development deal with CBS back in 2014 as part of his production company, Solar Drive productions. He is one of the series’ remaining original cast members, along with Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum.

Prior to Weatherly tweeting, the news was reported by TV Line.

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  1. Mary says:

    Hi Tony, I applaud you-good luck. you have been a joy! I believe NCIS WILL DEFINITLY ALWAYS BE #1., truly Emily has taken over zivas part wonderfully-she is similarly to Kate, only far brighter, So I know this handsome man taking Tonys place will fit that chair and desk very well. Change is good for a show. Best to Michael!!!!

  2. Miriam Udell says:

    Say it isn’t so. He will be missed. The character of Tony DiNozzo made watching the show a lot of fun.

  3. James says:

    Weatherly is a good actor, but the writers have made DiNozzo a totally unlikable jerk. Not sorry to say goodbye to DiNozzo.

  4. BARBARA says:

    Your fans cherish and will miss you. You are one of my favorite characters on the show. I sincerely hope you will make new entrance as another character or come back as a quest on NCIS. This NCIS is a favorite of mine. I watch reruns of the show every weekend. Love you, see you Tony.I love your character of Tony.

  5. jaykayd says:

    We love him on NCIS. I hope he goes into the sunset with Ziva.

  6. Marc Antkow says:

    Good Ridden to Weatherly on NCIS. His character is a pain in the butt and stands for Doesn’t know anything about anything”

  7. Cynthia says:

    I recently read an article about him being arrested for a DUI. Does this have anything to do with his departure? I hope not, and although his character could be annoying most times, I will miss him.

  8. Jacques Strappe says:

    looks like someone had some face work done in this unflattering photo

  9. Jack says:

    He should go out in dramatic fashion. Maybe investigating a traitor selling secrets to Russian FSB agents in Moscow. One shot from a Spetnaz sniper right between the eyes. Oohrah.

  10. Know about you way long ago from One Life to Live.. Hope we can see you around sometimes…Miss kid or young man.

  11. sandra morillo says:

    Oh Michael, you will be missed. We looked so forward every Tuesday night for NCIS you were a main character of that show. We wish you the very best for your future. Just know that you have a great future in the business.

  12. john doe says:

    Don’t let Michael Weatherly leave the tv show I have a lot of friends who will protest with me to keep him on or we will never watch the show

  13. Ronald Kaim says:

    think he is backbone of
    show than any of the other cast members. they replaced the character of Kate with Cote de Pablo which was great, but could not replace Cote even with Emily. they cannot replace Dinozzo, it just changes the whole dynamics of the cast and show.

  14. Jacques Strappe says:

    The beginning of the end of CBS…

  15. Karen says:

    Bad move. Dinozzo is a main stay and the show will be worse off without him. Emily wickersham is not a good actor. Not sure why ncis is focusing on her. Wonder who on the show she’s sleeping with to get so much tv time as a mediocre actress.

  16. Ted Faraone says:

    Sorry to see him go. His is one of the show’s most engaging characters. His scenes with Robert Wagner are almost as priceless as his scenes with Cote de Pablo.

  17. Bambi says:

    Say it’s not so I love the show

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