NCIS: The shocking reason Pauley Perrette left TV show

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NCIS fans were led to believe that Pauley Perrette’s character, Abby, was written out of the show at the end of series 15. However, it’s since emerged, according to several outlets, that the actress really left the show because of a falling out with fellow colleague Mark Harmon.

NCIS is an American police procedural TV series that first premiered in September 2003.

The premise of the show revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, based in Washington D.C.

Pauley Perrette starred alongside names such as Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo for 15 years on the show, but left at the end of the show’s 15th season.

According to The Wrap – an American entertainment website – Ms Perrette decided to quit after her relationship with NCIS’ lead actor Mark Harmon deteriorated.

Mr Harmom plays NCIS lead protagonist, Leroy ‘Jethro’ Gibbs – a role which he has held since the show was launched.

During filming in 2016 the two stars reportedly had a number of clashes behind the scenes after Mr Harmon brought his dog to set, where it bit a crew member leaving them needing 15 stitches.

The pair’s relationship is believed to have turned increasingly sour following this incident.

In series 15, Abby and Reeves (played by Duane Henry) solve a case which involves helping a homeless veteran.

As the pair leave the scene, they’re approached by a mugger with a gun, whom Reeves then gives some money to. However, when Abby offers to do the same the mugger pulls the trigger and shoots both Reeves and Abby.

Reeves is killed, but Abby wakes up in a hospital. Eventually it’s revealed that the mugger was hired to kill her by a criminal she had arrested years earlier.

Upon learning of Reeves’ death, Abby decides to leave NCIS and move to London to set-up a charity that Reeves had always wanted to open.

In Ms Perrette’s final episode she does not share a scene together with Mr Harmon, whose character is instead left to find out of her departure by a letter.

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CBS, the American television network that NCIS airs on, released a statement at the time that said: “Pauley Perrette had a terrific run on NCIS and we are all going to miss her.

“Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.”

In 2019 Ms Perrette took to Twitter herself to address rumours of a potential comeback to the show.

In a tweet she said she would not “ever” return to the show, adding that she was “terrified” of Mr Harmon.

Since leaving NCIS, Ms Perrette has announced a retirement from acting, having started her career in 1994.

Mr Harmon in contrast has gone on to act in NCIS for a further four seasons – the latest of which (season 19) is currently airing.

NCIS has broadcast over 400 episodes to date and talks are ongoing for the show to be renewed for a 20th season.

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