Some new details of the behind-the-scenes drama from NCIS is now coming to light, as a new report claims star Mark Harmon "body-checked" actress Pauley Perrette on the set. Perrette herself also now cites this as the reason why she will never return to the series in a recent tweet, saying she is still feeling the trauma from the 2017 event. "I am terrified of Harmon and him attacking me. I have nightmares about it," says Perrette. The actress also tells her fans she has a new show she's involved with where she's much happier, referring to her starring role in the upcoming CBS series Broke.
Previously, Pauley Perrette had spoken about "multiple physical assaults" on the NCIS set, leading to her decision to leave. In a series of tweets, Perrette confessed her unhappiness with remaining silent about the alleged bullying she says happened on the set, though she did not name Mark Harmon specifically at that time. Reportedly, Perrette feels the body-checking incident was made in retaliation for her lobbying to have Harmon's dog removed from the set during production. After the animal bit a crew member in 2016 resulting in 16 stitches, Harmon was later told by CBS to keep the canine confined to his trailer.
NCIS first premiered on CBS all the way back in 2003. It follows a team of agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, in the same spirit of shows like Law and Order and CSI. The long-running series remains popular after running sixteen full seasons, and the network has also already renewed the show for a season 17. The cast and crew have previously said what makes the series stand apart on its own is its "comedic elements, ensemble acting, and character-driven plots." Critics agree, and the series has often gotten recognition at prestigious events like the ALMA Awards, ASCAP Awards, Emmy Awards, BMI Film and TV Awards, and the People's Choice Awards.
Since the very first episode in 2003, Mark Harmon has starred on the show in the lead role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the leader of the team. He is known for being a highly accomplished marksman and is especially effective in violent standoffs. Pauley Perrette had also long been a mainstay on the show, starring as forensic scientist Abby Sciuto for the show's first fifteen seasons. Because of the drama on the set outlined above, Perrette left the series of her own volition in 2018. Her character was written out as resigning from NCIS following a botched attempt by a hitman to end her life. This left some fans of the show hoping to see her come back some day, but it now appears that will never be the case.
It remains to be seen if this new body-checking report will affect the series or Harmon's involvement. What we do know for sure, however, is not to ever expect to see Abby Sciuto back on the team. You can instead watch Perrette on the small screen again when Broke premieres later this year on CBS. This information comes to us from TMZ.
NO I AM NOT COMING BACK! EVER! (Please stop asking?) I am terrified of Harmon and him attacking me. I have nightmares about it. I have a new show that is SAFE AND HAPPY! You’ll love it!#HappyPlace Love y’all!— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) June 7, 2019