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Why Mark
Harmon Almost
Quit NCIS A
Lot Earlier

By KIERAN FISHER
After nearly two decades playing Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on “NCIS,” Mark Harmon had his final episode in Season 19’s Episode 4 in October 2021. He still has a limited-episode deal and will continue to work on the show in an off-screen capacity, but Harmon actually could have left
the show a lot earlier.
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During Season 4, CBS was forced to choose between Harmon and Donald Bellisario, the show’s creator and original showrunner. A source described Bellisario’s management style as “chaotic” with him sending scripts to the cast last-minute and making them work 16-hour days. It was negatively affecting Harmon’s life, and in the end, CBS chose the actor over Bellisario.
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David McCallum, who plays Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard more or less confirmed these reports during a 2014 interview. Bellisario, however, accused Harmon of being difficult to work with, saying that he had asked the actor to reshoot a scene and Harmon redid it in the same way and never spoke to him again.
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