NCIS’s production has reportedly been hampered by an unidentified health issue.
According to TMZ, at least 18 cast and crew members from the hit CBS procedural, which is currently filming in Valencia, California, became ill unexpectedly Thursday morning and vomited.
According to a source, “mild symptoms” point to potential food poisoning, but there has been no confirmation of a cause.
NCIS is in its 19th season and recently said farewell to its lead character, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon.
Harmon, 70, was Gibbs for 18 years. The beloved character, who was nearly k1lled in the season 18 finale, left his job for good in episode four of season 19, opting to stay in Alaska indefinitely after solving a case.
“I’m not going back, Tim,” Gibbs said while fishing to Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray). “I’m not returning home.”
Before the partners hugged, Gibbs told McGee that he “could not have hoped for anyone better” to work with over the past 18 years.
In an interview with PEOPLE in 2019, Harmon revealed what prompted him to leave the series after nearly two decades.
“If the writers walk into the room and say, ‘I don’t know what to do,’ then I think we all need to look at each other and call it a day,” he said at the time. “However, we’re not there yet.”
Harmon also expressed his appreciation for his long tenure on the show. “I’ve been around long enough to recognize this. That’s part of what I signed up for; I know that when this show ends, that’s it — there won’t be anything else like it for me “He divulged.
Murray, 44, is currently part of the action drama’s cast, which also includes Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover, Wilmer Valderrama, Rocky Carroll, Gary Cole, and David McCallum.
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