Pauley Perrette Announces Departure From 'NCIS' After 15 Seasons

The Abby Sciuto depicter won't return to CBS' 'Naval Criminal Investigative Service' after the current season comes to an end.

AceShowbiz - Pauley Perrette is leaving "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service". The 48-year-old actress announced her impending departure on Twitter and shut down any rumors surrounding her exit, "So it is true that I am leaving NCIS...There have been all kinds of false rumors as to why."

"No, I don't have a skin care line and no, my network and show are not mad at me!" she clarified. "It was a decision made last year. I hope everyone will love and enjoy EVERYTHING ABBY not only for the rest of this season but for everything she has given all of us for 16 years. All the love, all the laughter, all the inspiration...I love her as much as you do."

Pauley Perrette has been among the mainstays on "NCIS" since its inception in 2013. She plays Abigail "Abby" Sciuto, a forensic scientist famous for her gothic look with blunt bangs and pigtails. She has also appeared on the spin-offs "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "NCIS: New Orleans".

The actress is ranked No. 10 in Forbes' list of highest-paid TV actresses this year. She is estimated to rake in 8.5 million. Meanwhile, her "NCIS" male co-star Mark Harmon sits at the fifth place on the list of 2017 highest-paid TV actors with a whopping $19 million.

The CBS procedural show has just premiered its fifteenth season. Maria Bello joined the series as Special Agent Jackie Sloane this season. Her character is described as a positive force, mischievous and at times acerbic. She will challenge Harmon's Gibbs.

Last year, Wilmer Valderrama and Jennifer Esposito were brought into the show during season 14 following Michael Weatherly's departure. The former returned this year but the latter didn't. "It was a great experience," Esposito said. "I could not have asked for a better opportunity than to work with the 'NCIS' cast and producers."

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