“NCIS” has been on the air since 2003. In that time, it’s naturally seen its share of comings and goings, including some major players. Those major character departures have included Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) and Tony DiNozzo played by Michael Weatherly , as well as agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) himself. When Weatherly left at the end of the show’s 13th season in 2016, it was an emotional ending given that DiNozzo was one of the original “NCIS” agents and one of the series’ main leads. Over the years, he’s given a few reasons for leaving, and one of them is surprisingly romantic.
In 2016, when Michael Weatherley’s departure was announced, no reason for his departure was given, although the news was linked to an incident in which Weatherly made no contest to drink driving and was sentenced to a remedial program. Later that year, when he announced his new legal drama “Bull,” he explained during the Television Critics Association press tour, “He was exhausted from ‘NCIS’ and ready for a new challenge.” He explained that he was tired of the grind, saying, “It really felt like a full circle and I was really happy with the resolution of the character and my time on the show.”
Over the years, maturity came to that boy who broke Jessica Alba’s heart in Dark Angel . Now we see on his social networks a calmer 54-year-old man who tells us about his relationship with his children and how much he still love acting.
Michael Weatherly recently showed his many followers the entire journey of his visit to Jamaica, a country he fell in love with
The @MontegoBayAir terminal is looking great! Always love coming and hate leaving this amazing country. But this makes both easier! ✌️ 🇯🇲 pic.twitter.com/0aifx4p7xm
— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) January 2, 2023
Michael Weatherley claimed that he was experiencing wanderlust and that there were other things he wanted to do. In addition, he wanted to spend time with his family, which includes his doctor wife, Bojana Jankovic, his children, and a son from his previous marriage.
NCIS is well known for its long hours (actor Sean Murray told StarryMag in 2020 that the average workday was 12 hours for actors, which was an improvement over years past). As noted, those hours took his colleague Sasha Alexander away after just two seasons. So this wasn’t surprising: After all, Michael Weatherley had been on the show for 13 seasons.
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