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Why Did Bishop Leave NCIS? Everything You Need To Know

Bishop leaving NCIS
Emily Wickersham in "NCIS" (Credits: Emily Wickersham's Facebook)

NCIS has stood out as one of the most prolonged fiction series in television history. That has been possible because of a great cast and an enthralling storyline. The show has been running for 18 seasons, and it has no intention of ending anytime soon. There will be a lot more crimes that will need to be solved in the future. CBS has confirmed that season 19 will be aired for everyone to watch. But there will be some issues regarding it.

Now, let’s discuss some facts regarding the departure of Bishop and the future of NCIS.

The Truth About Bishop and NCIS

Bishop Leaving NCIS

Emily Wickersham (Credits: Emily Wickersham’s Twitter)

Mark Harmon and Sean Murray have been with the NCIS from the beginning. They are the main cast of the series, and they have stuck around for a long time till now. Though, the other characters have been seen to deliberately leave their respective positions in the show. And this is the case with Emily Wickersham, who played the character of Eleanor Bishop in NCIS. Bishop made an appearance in the show from season 11 and has been winning the hearts of the audience since then. Emily has been with the show for eight seasons, which is quite a lot of time.

In the finale of season 18, we see that Bishop took a secret mission. But it was not clear whether she would come back in the series or if this would be her last appearance. Then Emily talked about it on her Instagram. There she confirms her departure from the show. She wrote that she was hanging the hat and jacket up and what a great joy it was to be in the show.

She really seems to cherish her time on NCIS. It does not seem that she has any problem with the cast and crew of the show that could make her take such a drastic decision. As Bishop told Nicholas Torres in the show that he won’t be seeing her for a long time, it is not likely for Bishop to reappear in the series anytime soon.

Emily wrote a pretty long post on her Instagram regarding her departure from the show. But she did not mention anything about her reason for leaving the show after season 18. The conclusion that we came to is that she wanted to explore other opportunities. As she played the character of Bishop for eight seasons and 172 episodes, she decided to leave the character. She can now become a part of many interesting and more challenging projects as she is currently not a part of NCIS. But the leaving part was not too difficult for her, as she had no bad relationships with the cast and crew she had worked with over the past years.

Bishop Leaving NCIS

Emily Wickersham in the shoot of “NCIS” (Credits: Emily Wickersham’s Facebook)

Her post on Instagram had many emotional comments from her fans and well-wishers. Even the official CBS Instagram account commented on her post, thanking her for making history with them. Emily’s co-stars also showed their joy in working with her; among them, the name of Maria Bello and Brian Dietzen stand out.

Wickersham is free now to explore any project that interests and fascinates her the most. As she displayed her great acting skills in this more than a decade-long show, she was exposed to many great opportunities where she could showcase her talent.

NCIS fans have tweeted many emotional messages to Emily for her departure. They showed their grief as it was the end for “Ellick,” a fan-made name for the romantic relationship between Ellie and Nick.

Ellie Bishop has become an inspiration for many of the fans and audiences. This shows the true power of art. Any character like Ellie is not just an imaginary character that has no real ground basis. They seem like they’re someone like us, who we see every day. Sometimes they are our mentors, and sometimes they become our friends. So, many people still can’t quite accept the fact that she has, in fact, left the show.

What Will Happen Next In NCIS

NCIS is not planning any new concept to add to the series as of now. The show will revolve around the new case, which will be introduced to them in the next season. They have dealt with many types of criminals in the past, like cases related to drugs and murders, etc. As crime is not going anywhere, there are still a handful of stories that can be shown to the audience.

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