Fans of NCIS are still debating the departure of Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs after more than 18 seasons. Many people question how the series can continue without its legendary leader. Others are displeased with who replaced him.
One fan even accused CBS of “blatantly” deceiving the show’s devoted fans, to which the NCIS showrunner reacted.
On ‘NCIS,’ CBS insisted that Gary Cole’s Agent Parker would not replace Mark Harmon’s Gibbs.
Beginning in early 2021, there was speculation that Harmon was “ready to depart” NCIS. According to sources at the time, the 70-year-old actor would most certainly be done by the conclusion of season 18. However, CBS stated that Harmon had agreed to return for another season after rumors circulated that the network had threatened to k1ll the show if he left.
At the same time, it was confirmed that Emmy-nominated actor Gary Cole has joined the cast of NCIS as a series regular. When the casting was announced, insiders told TV Line that Cole’s FBI Agent Alden Parker would not be a substitute for Harmon’s Gibbs.
In Season 19, Episode 5, ‘Face the Strange,’ Agent Parker took the place of Agent Gibbs.
Harmon made a triumphant return for Season 19 and was featured prominently in the first four episodes. However, there were numerous clues that NCIS was preparing Harmon’s departure from the show. As Showbiz Cheat Sheet observed after only two episodes of Season 19, it was evident that CBS was doing precisely what they stated they weren’t: replacing Gibbs with Parker.
Harmon was saying goodbye and Cole was taking over, from the name of Gibbs’ boat, Rule 91, to Parker’s claim that coincidences happen all the time.
‘NCIS’ supporters accuse CBS of ‘blatantly lying to us.’
Fans don’t seem to mind Cole, who is in the difficult position of replacing a series’ lead character after 18 years. Their issue is that Agent Parker has replaced Tim McGee as the new team leader at NCIS (Sean Murray).
McGee first appeared on NCIS in season 1 and has been a series regular since season 2. He was Gibbs’ obvious heir, but he didn’t obtain the post.
“OK, CBS, you outright lied to us! “You stated Parker wasn’t a substitute for Gibbs — exactly what you were intending,” one irate fan tweeted. ” 2nd beef: Gibbs would never have chosen Parker over McGee as leader. McGees should have done the job! “I liked how Kasie called out Parker.”
Steven D. Binder, the show’s creator, reacts.
NCIS showrunner Steven D. Binder responded to the charge after reading the fan’s complaint about the network’s “lie.”
“I would not pretend to suppose that Gibbs recommended Parker *over* McGee.” “I’d like to imagine Gibbs and McGee had plenty of time to discuss the future and what McGee informed Torres on the stake-out…Gibbs already knew.:),” Binder commented.
‘NCIS’ fans were desperate for McGee to take over for Gibbs.
Despite Binder’s comment — and the fact that McGee indicated in episode 5 that he didn’t want a job that would consume him – fans are still upset that Agent Parker won Gibbs’ job over the person they thought deserved it.
“Not cool, passing over McGee — inconsistent writing, after training & relying on McGee, Gibbs would have picked him,” one Twitter user said. “McGee, not Parker, deserves the position.” “Boot Parker, give him his own team if necessary, but THIS team is McGee’s,” someone another said.
“I can’t believe Vance offers Parker Gibbs’ job!” “Slap in the face to McGee,” remarked a third supporter.
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