Pauley Perrette is Leaving NCIS

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NCIS star Pauley Perrette says she is leaving the crime drama after 15 years on the show.

Perrette plays forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the CBS series. She confirmed her departure in a tweet sent early Wednesday:

 

“We’ve known for some time this would be Pauley’s final season on ‘NCIS’ and have been working toward a special send-off,” “NCIS” executive producers George Schenck and Frank Cardea confirmed in a statement. “From day one, she has brought incredible passion and specificity to the role. Abby is a character that inspires millions of fans around the world, and all of us at ‘NCIS’ are appreciative of Pauley for portraying her.”

CBS released its own statement calling Perrette and her Abby role, “a beloved actress and character.”

“Pauley has been a valued member of both NCIS and the CBS family for over 15 years,” said the net and CBS TV Studios in a joint statement this morning. “While it’s never easy saying goodbye to a beloved actress and character, we respect her decision to leave at the end of the season. We are grateful to Pauley for all her contributions to the series and making Abby one of the most unique characters on television.”

Perrette has been a core cast member of NCIS since its debut season in 2003. Playing the goth-loving, upbeat Abby Sciuto, she has been a long-time fan favorite. The show, which revolves around the work of agents of the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, ranks as primetime’s most-watched drama series and is one of the most widely viewed series around the world.