Say it ain’t so, Tony!
CBS has confirmed that Michael Weatherly, who created the role of Special Agent Tony DiNozzo on NCIS in 2003, is leaving the CBS drama at the end of the season.
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“He is a valued part of the CBS family, and the immense charm and talent he brings to the screen as ‘very’ Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today … the No. 1 drama in the world,” representatives for CBS said in a statement. “We thank Michael for all of his contributions to this successful franchise and look forward to continuing to develop projects with him as part of our ongoing development deal.”
Weatherly also tweeted several goodbye messages on Tuesday. “DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character & I couldn’t have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons,” he wrote. He also tweeted that “Les Moonves & CBS gave me the opportunity of a lifetime.”
The network confirmed Weatherly’s exit after David McCallum, a.k.a. Ducky, unexpectely revealed Weatherly’s departure in a British publication called Vulture Hound. “We’re going to finish shooting this season at the end of April, and DiNozzo, played by Michael Weatherly, we’ve told people a long time ago, is leaving at the end of the season. So the writers have to decide what to do when one of the four members of the original cast leaves.”