A mainstay of the hit CBS drama “NCIS” is exiting the show. The network confirmed that Michael Weatherly, who has been playing Special Agent Tony DiNozzo since 2003, will depart at the end of the current season, EW.com reports.
In a statement, CBS reps said of Weatherly: “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 No. 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.”
The EW report notes: “The network confirmed Weatherly’s exit after David McCallum, a.k.a. Ducky, unexpectely revealed Weatherly’s departure in a British publication called Vulture Hound.”