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How NCIS Fans Supported Pauley Perrette After Her Return To TV

After Pauley Perrette exited the CBS series "NCIS" in a somewhat stormy fashion back in Season 15, fans of the actress have been hopeful that she might return to the small screen in some capacity. But the possibility of her ever popping up again on television or the big screen seemed small after she announced her retirement from acting on Twitter in July 2020 in the wake of the cancellation of her sitcom "Broke" (per TVLine). Since then, she has kept a low profile, although she does maintain contact with her fanbase on social media, primarily through her Twitter account.

Perrette's long absence from television ended earlier this year when she participated in the "Love in Action" telethon to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Per Los Angeles-area CBS station KTLA, the program was broadcast on KTLA-5 on August 14. The former "NCIS" actor called into the telethon and urged viewers to donate to the center, and she also appeared in a bumper segment that aired during the telecast. She also shared with viewers that the Los Angeles LGBT Center helped out a friend who had cancer.

As one might suspect, Perrette's fans were pleased to see her again. They made their support known by sharing kind words on social during and after the event.

Fans of Pauley Perrette were thrilled to see her support a good cause

The day after the "Love in Action" telethon, Pauley Perrette retweeted the Los Angeles LGBT Center, who wrote a note thanking the "NCIS" star for participating in the event. She wrote in response, "Love you all. Thanks to everyone who supported tonight. God Bless the @LALGBTCenter." Following this tweet, @MaureenCAllen1 wrote, "Your star shines in the hearts of millions. We miss you." The Twitter user was just one of many fans to send their well-wishes to her after her appearance. Multiple fans also replied to her with heart-shaped emojis following the telethon.

The 2021 year's "Love in Action" telethon pulled in over $1 million (per YouTube), and it's possible Perrette's fanbase did their part in helping raise that total. The event was hosted by KTLA's Cher Calvin and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" alum Jai Rodriguez. The special appearances lined up for the event included singer Adam Lambert, "Grace and Frankie" stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Jane Lynch, and "Ru Paul's Drag Race" mainstay Manila Luzon. Clea DuVall, Melissa Etheridge, Nate Berkus, RuPaul, and Gabrielle Union also performed on the telecast, according to KTLA's reporting.

"Love in Action" isn't the only time Perrette helped a Los Angeles-based charity this year. She took part in The Hollywood United Methodist Church's "Ring for the Vaccine" event on August 29 (via KTLA) and appeared on the CBS channel's news telecast to promote it.