Whoa, we didn't expect this to happen!
Rumors recently swirled that Mark Harmon could be leaving NCIS after 14 years on the show. Though it now seems the actor is definitely staying on the series, a new report suggets his role as NCIS Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs could completely change in the upcoming seasons.
According to the Inquisitr, Agent Gibbs could partake in a lot less field work on the show in the future. Unfortunately, the reason for the character cutback is still unknown at this time.
"[Mark] may eventually decide to move on or go in a lesser direction; there’s already a possible thread on the story about him getting a promotion that could take him out of the field to a certain degree," CarterMatt.com previously revealed.
Mark with co-star Pauley Perrette on _NCIS_ in 2016.
Earlier this year, Radar Online reported the 65-year-old star's advanced age and potentially failing health could force him to retire from acting. "Mark talked it over with his wife, [Pam Dawber], and vowed to seriously consider making next season his last," a source told the entertainment news outlet.
"He seems to have a lot less energy. When he isn't working, he spends much of the time holed up inside his house," the insider continued. "It's very unusual for him. He's always been so active and athletic."
However, other news outlets are confident Mark isn't ready to retire from NCIS quite yet. He just wrapped the show's 14th season in May and has signed a contract to appear on all of Season 15, which is set to premiere this fall.
"The problem is that we’re not at this point just yet, and while the show’s ratings are down, they are not anywhere near cancellation," CarterMatt.com stated.
Rumors of Mark's eventual departure from NCIS come in the wake of several actors recently announcing their exits from the show. Jennifer Esposito (aka Alex Quinn) revealed in early June that she's leaving NCIS after just one season as a series regular. Michael Weatherly (aka Tony DiNozzo) similarly confirmed his time on the program was coming to an end last season after 13 years on NCIS.
We're so glad Mark is definitely returning to the show for another season!