NCIS fans learned some sad news last week – Michael Weatherly, one of the show’s most beloved actors, is leaving the show.
Of course, fans are now left to speculate how his character, Tony DiNozzo, will be written out.
Will his departure involve longtime partner Ziva, played by Cote de Pablo?
It’s not out of the realm of possibility, but according to CBS President Glenn Geller it’s not currently in the works.
“They are working on how Michael’s character is going to be written out,” Geller told reporters at Winter TCAs. “Gary [Glasberg] and the producers are working on that right now.”
He went on the say there are “not currently” any plans to bring back Cote de Pablo for Weatherly’s exit.
DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character & I couldn't have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons pic.twitter.com/GR7YSsmsKJ
— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) January 5, 2016
Weatherly will leave NCIS after its 13th season.
“DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character & I couldn’t have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons,” Weatherly wrote on Twitter. “Les Moonves & CBS gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I will miss the amazing crew & cast, who are like family to me, & to the fans all over the world – THANK YOU, it’s been a fantastic ride!”
“After 13 years on NCIS, Michael Weatherly is leaving the show at the end of this season,” CBS said in a January 5th statement. “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 and look forward to continuing to develop projects with him as part of our ongoing development deal.”