Last May, Pauley Perrette left NCIS after 15 seasons of playing forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the popular CBS drama, and fans want to know if she will ever return to television. According to her former co-star Michael Weatherly, Perrette will eventually return to the small screen.
“I know that Pauley Perrette will be back in some capacity,” said Weatherly. “I’m just saying. And I think that she’s gonna be — I think everyone misses her already, and she’ll be back and funnier than ever. She’s a fierce lady and one of my favorite people on the planet.”
From 2003 to 2016, Weatherly played Anthony DiNozzo on NCIS, and now he stars in the CBS show Bull. And, he will also be producing the new series MIA with another NCIS alum, Cote De Pablo, who played Ziva David.
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Weatherly and De Pablo are developing MIA — a cop drama — for CBS. The potential series will center on a new homicide detective in Miami who has a by-the-book partner. Even though both of the actors are attached to the project as executive producers, Weatherly and De Pablo will not be starring in the show.
As for Perrette, she announced that she was leaving NCIS last October via a tweet. At the time, she told fans that she hoped everyone would enjoy Abby for the rest of the season, as well as everything she had given over the past 16 years.
But, as People Magazine reports, just after her final episodes aired in May, Perrette started addressing her exit from the show with cryptic tweets and tried to explain why she never publicly talked about what happened. She said that there were tabloid articles telling “total lies” about her, and if you believed them, then you should leave her alone because you clearly didn’t know her.
The next day, she tweeted three more times, where she alleged “multiple physical assaults,” and that a “machine” was keeping her silent and feeding false stories about her. She said the publicity machine was rich and very powerful that had no morals and no obligation to the truth.
Perrette added that she was just left to read the lies while trying to protect her crew and remain calm. Then she wrote, “He did it.”
In her final tweet, Perrette concluded by saying that she has supported anti-bullying programs forever, but now she knows because she is going through it herself, and she had to leave after “multiple physical assaults.” She added that nothing is worth your safety.
It isn’t clear who the “he” was that Pauley Perrette was referring to, but Perrette did have a problem with Mark Harmon after he brought his dog to the set and it ended up biting a crew member.
Season 16 of NCIS premieres Tuesday, September 25th on CBS.