After weeks of rumors, one of the original stars of the hit CBS series NCIS has announced that she is indeed leaving the show. Actress Pauley Perrette took to Twitter this morning to confirm her departure at the end of the season.
Perrette has played the show’s goth-styled forensic specialist Abby Sciuto since NCIS began in September 2003.
In her statement, Perrette says, “It is true that I am leaving NCIS after this season. It was a decision made last year.
“I hope everyone will love and enjoy everything Abby not only for the rest of this season, but for everything she has given all of us for 16 years.”
So it is true that I am leaving NCIS…
There have been all kinds of false rumors as to why (NO I DON'T HAVE A SKIN CARE LINE… pic.twitter.com/gugM2a2ckT
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) October 4, 2017
Perrette also took time to poke fun at another (unsubstantiated) rumor concerning her plans to launch a skin care line.
In fact, Perrette revealed in an interview last month that her image had been used in online skin care advertisement without her knowledge or consent.
NCIS has seen a few cast departures in the past few years but for the most part, it’s one of the few long-running dramas that has mostly kept the same core group of characters.
Mark Harmon, David McCallum, and Perrette are the only main cast members who have been with the show since it began.
Actor Michael Weatherly left NCIS after Season 13 to launch his own CBS drama, Bull, based on the early life of Dr. Phil McGraw.
A few years earlier, Weatherly’s co-star Cote de Pablo left the series as well, while Jennifer Esposito appeared for only one season last year.
Perrette has actually had a personal lifelong obsession with crime and was working on a master’s degree in criminal science before beginning her entertainment career. In addition to acting, she’s also had success as an accomplished writer, poet, singer, and civil rights advocate and owns a bakery in Manhattan named after her late mother.