Like many procedurals, NCIS has gone through a number of cast changes over its nearly 20 years on the air, but up until Season 19, Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs had been one of the show’s few constants since the beginning. However, in Season 19’s fourth episode, “Great Wide Open,” Harmon exited the popular TV show, although he continued to be shown in the NCIS opening credits for the remainder of the season. 10 months after that episode aired, Harmon has finally spoken out about the big Gibbs farewell.
NCIS Season 19 aired its season finale on May 23, and we’re a little over a month away from Season 20 kicking off with an NCIS: Hawai’i crossover. In the meantime, the DVD collection of NCIS Season 19 is dropping on Tuesday, August 16, and ET was looped in on a special featurette where Mark Harmon spoke about about where we left off with Gibbs, saying.