Since its debut in the olden days of 2003, NCIS has been a hit. The show’s ratings are still quite high despite being one of the longest-running crime dramas on TV. The detective series has been keeping its viewership up for 18 seasons straight now, and it’s only natural that the cast members would get changed and swapped around over such a long period.

It’s finally time to find out why your favorite characters left NCIS!

1. Cote de Pablo

For the first eight seasons, Cote, playing Ziva David, had been a fan favorite. But then suddenly, her character got booted for no apparent reason. In one of the interviews, Cote de Pablo said she didn’t have another option, and it wasn’t up to her. What could that mean? We may never find out, but it does sound like she may have crossed someone.

2. Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly was one of the first changes when Jenny Shepard’s character was introduced as the agency’s new boss in season 3. Although the actress started out as a guest, Holly has become a series regular. However, according to the actress, at the end of season 5, the writers decided to get rid of her character, so Jenny Shepard was not only diagnosed with a fatal illness but also killed during a shootout. However, actress Lauren Holly eventually appeared as a guest star in seasons 9 and 12. She must have really pooped in those writers’ soup during the fifth season.

3. Michael Weatherly

One of our favorite agents, Anthony DiNozzo, played by Michael Weatherly, was among the very first actors to join the project in the first season. With a charming smile and a “serious mode,” whenever the scene called for some drama, Special Agent DiNozzo was an important member of the team. Michael stated that he left the series because he wanted to spend time with his family and try himself as a movie actor and producer, so it’s ultimately a good thing.

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