Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Michael Weatherly leaving NCIS after 13 seasons and the role of special agent Tony DiNozzo after nearly 300 episodes.
The NCIS star Michael Weatherly is leaving the popular American forensic procedural drama and the role of special agent Tony DiNozzo after 13 seasons and nearly 300 episodes.
Michael Weatherly's character who was part of the show since it started in 2003 will exit the current season of NCIS when it ends around May and it was Michael Weatherly's decision to leave the show after he's been involved in the production side of television the past two years.
In South Africa NCIS is seen on M-Net (DStv 101), SABC3, Universal Networks International's Universal Channel (DStv 117) on MultiChoice's DStv, as well as on Fox International Channel's FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131).
NCIS , distributed by CBS Studios International to more than 200 TV markets worldwide, has been named the most watched and most popular TV drama in the world for the second consecutive year in 2015.
"After 13 years on NCIS, Michael Weatherly is leaving the show at the end of this season," says CBS in a 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 number 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."
Michael Weatherly shared an image on social media of him sitting at his NCIS desk and tweeted: "DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character and I couldn't have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons."
The actor said "I will miss the amazing crew and cast, who are like family to me, and to the fans all over the world — Thank you, its been a fantastic ride!"