Fans of “NCIS” were devastated when beloved character Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon, announced his retirement in the fourth episode of the 19th season, “Great Wide Open.” Despite Gary Cole’s brilliant performance in his new role, many felt Gibbs’ exit was abrupt, given his iconic stature on the show. This wasn’t the first time Gibbs considered leaving; he had previously quit after a terrorist attack before eventually returning. With Harmon hinting at a probable departure and Gibbs approaching 70, curiosity about his future grew.

Wilmer Valderrama’s Instagram post announcing the show’s return sparked fan disappointment and questions about Gibbs’s whereabouts. Despite hopes for his comeback, the likelihood in Season 19 seemed slim. However, creators haven’t ruled it out entirely, leaving the door open for future appearances.

Gibbs’ retirement to Alaska, where he builds yachts, has led followers to speculate about his motivations, particularly his habit of burning his creations. Theories suggest that this helps him relax and represents closure in previous relationships, particularly with his daughter Kelly.

Another long-standing mystery surrounding Gibbs was how he managed to get his boats out of his basement. Finally revealed in Season 19, Gibbs removed them through a hidden wall panel, delighting fans who had long speculated about the logistics.

Gibbs’ penchant for strong coffee, often mistaken for Starbucks, is a defining feature of his character. While Harmon does not drink coffee on set, his portrayal of Gibbs’ coffee addiction remains a favorite aspect of the character.

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