If Michael Weatherly had his way, Pauley Perrette would never have left NCIS in the first place. The actor was recently asked if Perrette would return to the hit cr1me drama following her departure in Season 15. Weatherly appeared to confirm, in an unexpected move, that Perrette will reprise her role as Abby Sciuto in the near future.
Weatherly confirms that Perrette will return to action.
Perrette left the show at the conclusion of Season 15. The actress left the show amid rumors that she and Mark Harmon were feuding. Perrette hasn’t confirmed that she’s in talks to return to the show, but she’s kept in touch with several of her former co-stars, including Weatherly.
In fact, during her final episode, the two exchanged heartfelt tweets, proving that their friendship extends beyond the set.
According to TV Insider, Weatherly recently addressed the possibility of Perrette reprising her role as Abby in a future season, though he did not provide a specific return date. Nothing official has been announced, but it appears that Weatherly has a good idea of what’s going on. Is this a guarantee that Perrette will be back on the field by the start of Season 17?
“I know Pauley Perrette will return in some capacity,” Weatherly revealed. “I’m only saying. And I believe she will be — I believe everyone already misses her, and she will be back and funnier than ever.”
Perrette stands by Weatherly in the face of sexual assault allegations.
Eliza Dushku came forward earlier this year with allegations that Weatherly sexually harassed her on the set of NCIS. Weatherly later apologized for his behavior and admitted to making inappropriate jokes at work. He also expressed regret for what happened and claims to have realized what he did wrong.
CBS reportedly paid Dushku $9.5 million shortly after she informed the network of Weatherly’s behavior. CBS claims that the money was not a settlement to keep Dushku quiet, but rather what they would have owed her if her contract had not expired.
Several of Weatherly’s co-stars have expressed their support for her on social media in response to the scandal. This includes Perrette, who praised Weatherly for being a man she admires and respects, and Sasha Alexander, who said her co-star has a “big as they come” heart. Other former NCIS co-stars, including Harmon, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, and David McCallum, have remained silent on the matter.
Perrette’s life after ‘NCIS’
Perrette has yet to return to the acting scene after leaving her long-running role on NCIS. While she hasn’t begun any new acting projects, Perrette has kept herself busy. For starters, Perrette is a frequent social media user who has used her large following to promote her political views.
In addition, the actress has been fighting rumors that she has recently launched her own makeup line. Perrette’s image appeared in some skincare advertisements on social media, sparking speculation that she had launched a new business. Although we’d love to see Perrette’s take on beauty products, she later debunked the rumors and assured fans that the advertisements were entirely fabricated.
Perrette will return to CBS in Broke next fall, leaving little time for a return to NCIS.
‘NCIS’ bids farewell to another fan favorite.
Following the departures of Weatherly in Season 13 and Perrette in Season 15, it appears that our favorite characters are dropping like flies. This season, fans were forced to say goodbye to yet another show mainstay, David McCallum’s Donald “Ducky” Mallard — or so we thought. Ducky confirmed his retirement during the episode “Bears and Cubs,” though he has since been hired by another company.
Ducky’s new position means he’ll be around for at least a few more seasons unless something unexpected happens. It also allows McCallum to remain on the show at least part-time, which is important given his desire to reduce his involvement. The change could also pave the way for Palmer to become the new Chief Medical Examiner, providing a new storyline for Season 16.
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