Why Did Mark Harmon Leave NCIS? Goodbye Gibbs

Why Did Mark Harmon Leave NCIS Goodbye Gibbs

Legendary actor Mark Harmon has declared that he is no longer going to be on the part long-running American show NCIS. He has played the character of Leroy Jethro Gibbs for 19 seasons in NCIS. He has been associated with the show for the past 20 years and will be missed by the crew and fans alike.

In the fourth episode of NCIS season 19, the Character played by Mark, known as Gibbs, decides to stay back in Alaska and turn in his badge. Gibbs was always a little disturbed after the death of his wife and daughter, but he found peace in Alaska.

So, he planned to retire and stay back because he didn’t want that feeling to go. Mark Harmon’s contract expired after NCIS season 18, but he negotiated for a limited appearance in season 19 to make sure the renewal of the show.


About NCIS

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is a police procedural drama that follows the investigations of a team of special agents from the naval criminal investigative service. The show is set in the Washington D.C. area and follows the NCIS team as they investigate and solve crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

The main characters of the show include Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), the leader of the team, who is a skilled investigator and a tough but fair leader; Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), a senior agent who is known for his quick wit and unorthodox methods; Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), the team’s forensic scientist who is known for her gothic style and eccentric personality; and Tim McGee (Sean Murray), a computer expert and field agent who often provides technical support to the team.

Scene from NCIS
Scene from NCIS

The show also features a rotating cast of supporting characters, including other agents, medical examiners, and Navy and Marine personnel. The show’s narrative is built around solving crimes and uncovering the truth, and it also includes character development, personal stories, and team dynamics.

About Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the American television series NCIS. He is portrayed by actor Mark Harmon. Gibbs is the leader of the NCIS team and is known for his strong leadership skills, quick thinking, and ability to solve complex cases.

Gibbs has a reputation for being tough but fair and is highly respected by his team members. He is a skilled investigator and has a wealth of experience in the field, having served in the Marine Corps and as a police officer before joining NCIS. He is also a skilled marksman and hand-to-hand combatant.

Gibbs in NCIS
Gibbs in NCIS

Gibbs is also known for his “rules,” which are a set of guidelines he follows in order to maintain focus and order in his personal and professional life. The rules include things such as “never let suspects stay together,” “never screw over your partner,” and “always wear gloves at a crime scene.”

Despite his tough exterior, Gibbs has a softer side and is shown to have a close relationship with his team members, particularly Tony DiNozzo and Abby Sciuto. He also has a troubled past which includes the loss of his wife and daughter, and the events of his past often influence his decisions and actions on the show.

Mark Harmon as Gibbs

Harmon has been a part of the show since its inception in 2003 and has appeared in all episodes to date. His portrayal of Gibbs has been widely praised by critics and fans alike.

Harmon’s portrayal of Gibbs is known for its authenticity and realism, bringing the character to life in a way that makes him relatable and compelling. He is able to convey the character’s toughness and vulnerability, making him a multi-dimensional and complex character.

Harmon’s Gibbs is often seen as a father figure to his team, and Harmon has also been able to create a strong chemistry with the other cast members, particularly Michael Weatherly, who plays Tony DiNozzo.

Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon

Harmon’s portrayal of Gibbs has also earned him several award nominations, including several Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He has also been praised for his dedication to the role and his commitment to staying in character even when the cameras aren’t rolling. Harmon’s portrayal of Gibbs has become iconic and a major reason for the show’s success.

Will Gibbs Return to NCIS?

Since Gibbs has retired for a quiet life instead of the bitter end of death like some other characters, There is a fair possibility that we might be able to see the character of Gibbs in future appearances.

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