Mark Harmon’s departure from “NCIS” after 20 years has left fans stunned, while co-stars reflect on his profound impact. Harmon’s portrayal of Leroy Jethro Gibbs was pivotal to the show’s enduring success, with his on-screen presence as a father figure mirrored by his off-screen mentorship.

Co-stars such as Cote de Pablo (Ziva David) and Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo) have praised Harmon for his invaluable advice and unwavering support.

However, reports surfaced of tension between Harmon and Pauley Perrette, known for her role as Abby Sciuto, which ultimately led to Perrette’s departure. Allegedly, a conflict arose after Harmon’s dog bit a crew member on set, exacerbating existing discord.

Despite these challenges, Harmon’s decision to step away from his starring role was met with sadness and disbelief among the cast. His departure was attributed to a desire for a break after decades in the industry. CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl hinted at the possibility of Harmon returning for special episodes.

Throughout his tenure, Harmon’s professionalism and influence were widely acknowledged by his colleagues, with Brian Dietzen highlighting his integral role in shaping the show’s legacy. As “NCIS” adjusts to life without Gibbs, the reverberations of Harmon’s departure are felt deeply by both the cast and the loyal fanbase.

By chrysos