Is Pauley Perrette’s Return to CBS Being Exploited to Bury Her Allegations Against Former ‘NCIS’ Co-Star Mark Harmon?

Pauley Perrette took to Twitter a little while black, claiming a deep-rooted fear of her former NCIS co-star Mark Harmon, as a result of alleged physical assault. TMZ went on to explain that she was body-checked on set. Furthermore,  some believe intimidation tactics were in play, as Harmon reportedly walked his dog (who previously attacked a crewmember) around set when Perrette was present. Pauley Perrette requested that the dog be permanently removed from the set following the incident; however, her request was apparently denied, and supplemented with a leash rule. 

Former 'NCIS' Co-Stars Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette
Former ‘NCIS’ Co-Stars Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette | Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Though information remains scarce, the questions (and subsequent digital dramatizations) surrounding these two keep coming. Fans have been waiting for a response from Mark Harmon; however, he has refused to address the matter personally. His motivations for remaining silent remain unknown; however, the head honchos over at CBS may have requested that he avoid adding fire to the flame. 

Reports indicating that the matter has been resolved continue to surface. However, the argument backing an apparent resolution — explained by CBS President Kelly Kahl — seems irrelevant to the allegations and, quite frankly, ignorant. 

Pauley Perrette’s return to CBS in ‘Broke’ apparently means her concerns are not “huge”

According to Fox News, CBS President Kelly Kahl recently argued that the situation between Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette has been “resolved.” During the Television Critics Association tour, he explained:

“Very happy to have her on the air again this year with us. And I don’t think she would be back with us if she had huge concerns.”

Fox News 

Now, with multiple headlines confirming that the issue has been resolved, fans are led to believe that Pauley Perrette has come forward to discuss her sense of resolution. However, Pauley Perrette’s representatives have refused to comment on the so-called “resolution,” which, in most stories, refers to a previous resolution that occurred years ago, yet is being twisted and worked to weave a new narrative. 

Arguing that Perrette wouldn’t return to CBS if she had “huge concerns” is simply ridiculous. Pauley Perrette is an actress who was offered a new acting gig with one of the biggest networks in existence, so she took it. Perrette’s decision to join a new show on CBS does not mean all is forgiven. Assuming she would deny this role over a separate issue, relating to a co-star who will not be present,  is simply a non-sequitur. 

In short, CBS may be selling Perrette’s return as a story of forgiveness and redemption. She returned to CBS and, in doing so, closed the door on the Tweets she ferociously unleashed just over a month ago. Using the word “resolved” implies a conversation, not a presumption based on connecting a series of dots that shouldn’t even be on the same page. 

If CBS, and other news outlets, wish to confirm that past allegations are now water under the bridge, such conclusions must come from those involved, or their representatives (at the least).