Michael Weatherly : "NCIS's" Tony DiNozzo Leaving Show at End of This Season

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Michael Weatherly is no doubt breaking the hearts of countless fans. He is leaving NCIS--and character Special Agent Tony DiNozzo--at the end of this season.

CBS issued a statement about Michael Weatherly's impending departure.

“After 13 years on NCIS, Michael Weatherly is leaving the show at the end of this season,” the statement reads. “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 No. 1 drama in the world."

“We thank Michael for all of his contributions to this successful franchise,” the statement continues, “and look forward to continuing to develop projects with him as part of our ongoing development deal."

Michael Weatherly is leaving NCIS of his own choosing. He responded to a report from TVLine via Twitter.

It was Michael Weatherly's costar, David McCallum (Ducky), who let the cat out of the bag about the actor's end-of-season departure. It was during an interview with Vulture Hound magazine that he let it slip.

“DiNozzo, played by Michael Weatherly, we’ve told people a long time ago, is leaving at the end of the season. So the writers have to decide what to do when one of the four members of the original cast leaves,” he said.

In addition to Michael Weatherly and David McCallum, NCIS stars Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, and Sean Murray.

Are you shocked to learn that Michael Weatherly is leaving NCIS? Can the show continue without Tony DiNozzo?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.