NCIS: Veteran Mark Harmon Nearly Departed After A “Tense Stand-Off” With Founder

NCIS is one of the most popular shows in the world, and even after 19 seasons, it continues to draw millions of viewers each week. However, if Agent Leroy Gibbs actor Mark Harmon had departed in season four, NCIS’ tale would have been significantly less successful.

Agent Leroy Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) left NCIS after 18 years on the CBS police procedural. The majority of the original primary cast has left over the years, but Harmon has remained the face of NCIS. However, there was a time in 2007 when the seasoned actor discussed leaving the drama behind.

When it comes to NCIS showrunners, there have been a few changes, much like the cast.

Donald Bellisario, the drama’s originator, was the first to bring NCIS to life.

Harmon and Bellisario, though, had not been getting along for quite some time, according to sources at the time.

Harmon, the star of Gibbs, was dissatisfied with Bellisario’s “chaotic management style.”

According to a source who spoke to TV Guide at the time: “Mark has been working 16 hours a day, every day.

“[Don] attempts to control everything. Last-minute script pages are faxed to the set, and Mark is sick of dealing with the significant impact this has on his life.

“He doesn’t have time for his family or anything while he works so long hours.”

According to the source, there was also a “tense stand-off” between them, which allegedly led to Harmon threatening to resign.

“Mark is one of the best-behaved actors in our field,” the person stated.

“He’s a willing, diligent worker who doesn’t give up quickly.” For him to [threaten a walkout] indicates that the situation is dire.”

Bellisario retired in 2007, and while he still holds the title of executive producer, he hasn’t had any creative role with NCIS since.

However, Bellisario’s animosity with the show was far from over, as he filed a lawsuit against CBS in 2011.

Bellisario claimed he owed NCIS Los Angeles millions of pounds because his contract said he had “first opportunity” to work on a JAG spin-off.

The executive producer also produced JAG, from which NCIS arose, hence NCIS LA is derived from JAG.

According to Distractify, the matter was settled before it went to court due to Bellisario’s “undisclosed neurological medical condition.”

His medical records were kept private and not revealed in a trial since he did not take the case to court.

Unfortunately for fans, NCIS will be off the air for a few weeks.

As a result, fans won’t be able to see any new NCIS episodes until December.

Collective Memory is the ninth episode of NCIS season 19 and is titled “When a hotshot financial advisor is found shot at a naval post, NCIS investigates the case by questioning the v1ctim’s three-dimensional hologram of herself, which she made before her d3ath.”

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