After 295 hour-long episodes, Michael Weatherly is calling it a day on American police drama NCIS.
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:
I will miss the amazing crew & cast, who are like family to me, & to the fans all over the world – THANK YOU, it’s been a fantastic ride!
— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) January 5, 2016
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.
— Chelsea (@Jisbon_Tiva9814) January 4, 2016
British fans will find out how it ends for Tony when the current run of episodes airs on Channel 5 in the near future.