For 15 seasons, Pauley Perrette starred on the wildly popular police procedural NCIS. And audiences became fond of her quirky character, Abby, who wore pigtails and chokers to her job in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s forensics lab. Abby’s relationship with Leroy Jethro Gibbs – played by Mark Harmon – also served as one of the show’s main emotional draws.
So it may have come as a surprise to fans when Perrette announced in the fall of 2017 that she would be leaving NCIS and her beloved role behind. At the time, the actress tweeted her thanks both to her fans and to the character that she had gotten to play for 16 years. Back then, however, she didn’t give a solid reason for her departure from the series.