Ncis Bosses Share Rare Details Of Pauley Perrette’S Departure, Mark Harmon Tension, And How Much She Was Missed


NCIS will celebrate 20 years this September

NCIS will mark its 20th anniversary on CBS on September 23, 2023, and it is still going strong. Pauley Perrette’s Abby Sciuto has remained a fan favorite even five years after she left the popular procedural despite multiple cast changes.

Now, show bosses have praised the actress for making “Abby one of the most beloved characters on television in the 21st century”.

“Don Bellisario [co-creator] said to me he wanted the show to have a lot of humor, which is where the Abby character came from,” said co-creator Don McGil to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I was a great CSI fan, and I adored Greg Sanders’s persona. I therefore reasoned that making a wacky lab character and taking it a step further would fulfill Don Bellisario’s directive to add humor to the show. However, the former head of casting for CBS admitted that she was initially unable to picture herself in the part. She said, “Personally, I adored Pauley Perrette as an actress, but I thought, “Boy, this does not feel like someone who works in a lab.”

Pauley ended up leaving in 2018 and was replaced by Diona Reasonover as new lab tech Kasie Hines, but her absence was felt, as director James Whitmore revealed: “Diona was wonderful and brilliant, and the work is great. But you walk onto that set sometimes, and you miss Pauley.”

The foursome were speaking to The Hollywood Reporter for an oral history with the creative forces behind the long-running show. Pauley’s exit at the end of season 15 at the time came as something of a shock to fans. On the show, her character resigned after an assassination attempt, but it later emerged that an incident on the set of the show had left her feeling unsafe.

“In Pauley Perrette’s case, there was an incident with the show with a dog. The dog was Mark Harmon’s, and apparently the dog bit someone. Pauley was a huge, huge SPCA [Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] animal person. And then the dog kept coming with Harmon, and she felt it wasn’t safe for the show,” executive producer Charles Floyd Johnson revealed.


“By the end of that year, she just felt like it wasn’t working for her anymore, and it was time to move on.”

It was telling that during Pauley’s tearful goodbye episode, Mark, who played Robert Gibbs, and Pauley did not appear on screen together. Instead, viewers saw Abby bid farewell to her fellow coworkers at NCIS HQ and merely deliver a message for Gibbs, observing him from across the street as he read it.

Following the episode’s airing, Pauley posted a series of cryptic comments about the encounter with the animal on Twitter. “I refused to compromise, which is why I have never disclosed what happened in public. However, there are tabloid articles about me that are complete fabrications. if you think they’re real? Please don’t bother me. I’m sure you don’t know me. She tweeted, “(Sorry folks, had to be said).

The following day, she added: “Maybe I’m wrong for not ‘spilling the beans.’ Telling the story, THE TRUTH. I feel I have to protect my crew, jobs and so many people. But at what cost? I don’t know. Just know, I’m trying to do the right thing, but maybe silence isn’t the right thing about crime. I’m… Just… ?”

Pauley Perrette had a great stint on NCIS, and we are all going to miss her, said the statement issued at the time by CBS. Pauley approached us with a workplace issue more than a year ago. We were serious about the situation, and we collaborated with her to find a solution. On all of our shows, we are dedicated to a secure working environment.