It’s time to bid farewell to Abby Sciuto on “NCIS.”
The long-running character, played by actress Pauley Perrette, is saying goodbye to the popular series after first appearing on the crime series back in 2003.
“It is true that I am leaving NCIS after this season. There have been all kinds of false stories as to why,” she explained as rumors of her departure circulated.
In October, The actress announced her departure from the CBS series at the end of the season on Twitter. She had written, “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.”
Perrette, 48, will be leaving the show after the CBS series’ current 15th season, she revealed, but not without a special send-off, according to executive producers George Schenck and Frank Cardea.
“Abby is a character that inspires millions of fans around the world, and all of us at NCIS are appreciative of Pauley for portraying her,”
The network was also complimentary of Perrette’s portrayal, calling her a “beloved actress and character.
“Pauley has been a valued member of both NCIS and the CBS family for over 15 years,” the network and CBS TV Studios said in a joint statement. “While it’s never easy saying goodbye to a beloved actress and character, we respect her decision to leave at the end of the season. We are grateful to Pauley for all her contributions to the series and making Abby one of the most unique characters on television.”
She was one of the original cast members to remain on the show. Actors Mark Harmon and David McCallum still star on the show after first landing the roles at the time of its inception in 2003.