Michael Weatherly is leaving NCIS after 13 seasons

The actor who plays Anthony DiNozzo will depart the show at the end of the current series

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After 295 hour-long episodes, Michael Weatherly is calling it a day on American police drama NCIS.

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US network CBS confirmed that the current run will be Weatherly’s last as Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent Tony DiNozzo and paid tribute to the star: “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”.

The actor, who has been in the long-running show from its very beginning in 2003, was also quick to show his admiration to his crew, co-stars and character tweeting:

The announcement has led to speculation on how Tony DiNozzo will bow out in his final episode on 19th January, with some fans speculating that his slow-burning relationship with Ziva might finally find a spark.

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British fans will find out how it ends for Tony when the current run of episodes airs on Channel 5 in the near future.