Mark Harmon Leaves “NCIS” After 18 Years

After 18 years of playing Leroy Jethro Gibbs on “NCIS”, Mark Harmon has made his final debut on the series on Monday. The latest episode served as a farewell for Harmon’s beloved and iconic character.

“As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show,” showrunner Steven D. Binder said in a statement.”Our north star has always been staying true to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and where those characters go. So regarding the future of Gibbs, as long-time fans of the show may have noticed over the years … never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”

NCIS fans are shocked that their favorite show is losing one of its most popular characters. Many took to Twitter to express their dismay and anger at CBS’s decision to let go of such a major character, but there were also some positive responses from Harmon’s fans who said they understood that actors sometimes need time away from a show.

I knew it was coming but the show will not be the same without Gibbs! Sad for NCIS, but glad for his retirement!” one user wrote as another said, “Everyone says the show is dead after he leaves. Honestly no it isn’t. It was time for him to go. The show itself still has more stories to tell.”