Just months after Pauley Perrette quit the hit CBS show NCIS after fifteen seasons due to feuds with members of the cast and crew, the network has announced her replacement. Diona Reasonover – who had a recurring role on the show last season – will now be a full-time cast member and be playing the role of forensic scientist, Kasie Hines.
CBS announced the casting change in a tweet this week, which comes after Perrette made shocking claims in May about suffering “multiple assaults” on the NCIS set. According to Radar Online, the network responded to Perrette’s claims, saying that they “took the matter seriously” and they “worked with her to find a resolution” after she came to them over a year ago with a workplace concern.
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) May 18, 2018
CBS also stated that Perrette had a “terrific run” on NCIS, and everyone was going to miss her.
Perrette posted a series of mysterious tweets about her refusal to go low, so she didn’t go public about what happened, claimed tabloid articles were telling lies about her, said there was “a machine” keeping her silent, and explained that she was trying to protect her crew. She also typed the words, “He did it.”
The assumption is that Perrette was referring to a feud she had with her co-star, Mark Harmon, which apparently started because he once brought his pit bull to work and it bit someone on the crew – causing an injury requiring 15 stitches.
After the attack, Harmon continued to bring the dog to the set, and that made some people uncomfortable, even though he had the dog on a leash. Because Harmon is the star and executive producer, no one wanted to confront him about it. But, since Perrette played the show’s most beloved character – Abby Sciuto – she decided to say something, and that it is when their rift started.
Someone's been promoted! https://t.co/kgtuPbgr9b
— E! News (@enews) July 18, 2018
Even though Harmon tried to make amends, sources say that Perrette wouldn’t listen, and the feud contributed to her quitting the show.
The 49-year-old actress announced she would be leaving the series last October, and once the season ended in May, her dad said that his daughter was doing better than ever after 15 years on the CBS show.
When Reasonover first appeared on the show in March as Ducky’s (David McCallum) graduate assistant, speculation started that she would ultimately be Pauley Perrette’s replacement. She returned later in the season’s final few episodes.
Season sixteen of NCIS officially started production this week and will premiere September 25th on CBS.