Why is Michael Weatherly leaving “NCIS”? He’s been there since Day 1. The show will never be the same.
I still hear from people who argue the show hasn’t been the same since Cote de Pablo left. I’ve not seen Weatherly talk about his departure beyond some grateful tweets when the news came out in January.
But keep in mind that Day 1 was 13 years and almost 300 episodes ago. (The “NCIS” characters first appeared on “JAG” in April 2003, with the series beginning that September.) That’s a long time to play a sidekick, even a well-liked one, when Weatherly is still young enough (47) to star in his own show. He also has a production deal with CBS, so he could end up owning a series as well as acting in it.