Jamie Lee Curtis of ‘Halloween Kills” Reflects on Mark Harmon’s Exit as a ‘NCIS’ Co-Star


Jamie Lee Curtis looks back on the time spent with Mark Harmon. NCIS. Curtis took this moment to look back at the past, now that Harmon has stepped down from his role as special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. 

Curtis shared an Instagram photo of Curtis and Curtis while they were working on the series many years ago. “I just read that my friend, Mark Harmon is leaving his leadership position [NCIS CBS] One of the unexpected delights of my varied career was being able to do five episodes opposite him and his team in front of and behind the camera. My favorite line was when I was coming down from his bedroom, ‘Practice makes perfect.’ Certainly worked for him and his Jethro Gibbs character. Well done Harmon. Gary would be/is so proud!”

Curtis guest-starred NCISSeason 9. She was Dr. Samantha Ryan, who played the role of Dr. Gibbs’ Pentagon Psy-Ops chief and works with Gibbs to solve their current case. Before Season 19, rumors began to circulate that Harmon was leaving the show. Although he will remain as executive producer, fans won’t be able to see their beloved Gibbs anymore. Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, assured viewers in September that although he won’t be appearing as much in the series this season, they will still get their Gibbs fix through the season. “Mark’s always been part of the show, Mark’s always going to be part of the show,”When asked about Harmon’s future, Kahl replied. “In terms of his on-air appearances, we’re just going to have to see how it plays out going forward.”  

Steve Biner, the showrunner, released a statement after Harmon’s last show aired. It was a farewell message. “As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show,”Biner told TVLine after the episode aired. “Our north star has always been staying true to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and where those characters go. So regarding the future of Gibbs, as long-time fans of the show may have noticed over the years… never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”