Say it ain't so, Pauley Perrette! The 48-year-old actress confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday, October 4 that she's leaving NCIS after 15 seasons on the hit show. Pauley has portrayed forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the CBS crime drama since Season 1 in 2003. She will retire from the role after the current season of NCIS wraps.
Pauley previously made her debut as Abby alongside NCIS characters Leroy Jethro Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon,) Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly,) Vivian Blackadder (Robyn Lively,) Don Dobbs (Tom Jay Jones,) and Tom Morrow (Alan Dale) in the Season 8 JAG episode "Ice Queen." The show acted as a backdoor pilot for NCIS, which later premiered on CBS in September 2003.
Just before the Season 8 NCIS premiere in 2010, Pauley gushed about portraying Abby on the successful series. "To be able to play the iconic character of Abby on a show where the entire cast and crew is still excited and in love with the show is a blessing that comes along… Like never. People always say it looks like we are having so much fun, and we are! It’s great. I’m grateful," she told TVEquals.com at the time.
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Interestingly, Pauley isn't the first NCIS star to announce their departure in recent years. In January 2016, Michael Weatherly (Anthony DiNozzo) revealed he was leaving the program after more than a decade. "After 13 years on NCIS, Michael is leaving the show at the end of this season," the network said in a statement. "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." We wish Pauley all the best in her future endeavors!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.