‘NCIS’ Season 16: All The Signs That The Sean Murray Exit Rumors Could Be True

Like most people, NCIS fans do not respond well to change. Sean Murray’s Tim McGee has been an important part of NCIS since he became a regular on Season 2, and fans are officially worried that Season 16 could be his last. With the current season of the hit crime procedural winding down, here are all the signs that Murray is walking away.

'NCIS' stars Mark Harmon and Sean Murray
Mark Harmon and Sean Murray | Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images

Season 16 Episode 21 of ‘NCIS’ could be the end of the road for Murray

Murray has faced plenty of exit rumors over the past few seasons, but there may be reason to worry about his future on the show. According to Econo Times, the synopsis for the upcoming episode of NCIS talks about a job proposal that McGee has lined up in Silicon Valley. The character is set to meet with a tech company that apparently has a tempting offer on the table. We still don’t know if McGee will take the job, but it would definitely give him an easy way out without suffering a tragic ending.

Murray is hardly the only cast member to face exit rumors. Mark Harmon has also come under fire recently, though CBS has confirmed that he will be back in action for Season 17. Murray’s fate, on the other hand, remains a mystery. Considering the longevity of the show, it is entirely possible that Murray walks away at the top of his game.

Murray might be forced to stay because of a new contract

While the next episode will probably give us the answers we need, the fact that CBS renewed NCIS for another season could extend Murray’s contract. If that is the case, then the actor might be obligated to remain on the show for at least one more season. Beyond that, of course, is yet to be seen.

That said, Murray could also cancel his contract and leave the series ahead of schedule. This is not unheard of in the world of television, though it is usually pretty evident that the actor wants out.

In Murray’s case, he has shown no signs of disliking his place on NCIS and seems pretty content with where he’s at. There’s also the fact that NCIS remains one of the top shows on television, which could play a role in Murray’s decision to stay on board.

How has Murray responded to the exit rumors?

Murray has remained largely silent about the reports surrounding his future on NCIS. The actor has been featured in some of his co-stars’ behind-the-scenes photos on social media, which is a promising sign. But apart from an occasional appearance, Murray has not confirmed or denied the rumors.

Previous NCIS stars, such as Pauley Perrette, have given fans a heads up prior to their exits. If Murray follows in their footsteps, then he probably would have announced something by now.

Even if Murray opted out, producers would at least have an easy way to bring him back. In fact, it is possible that McGee takes the position, only to return to Gibbs’ team at a later date. Whatever happens, the next episode will definitely tell us more on that front.

Murray opens up about losing Pauley Perrette

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Speaking of previous exits, Murray recently sat down and discussed what it has been like starring on the show now that Perrette is no longer around the set. Perrette’s character, Abby Sciuto, was an integral part from the very beginning, and Murray admitted that it was sad watching her go.

But at the end of the day, Murray understands that the show is constantly changing and new characters have a way of breathing fresh life into the story.

While Perrette is no long a part of the NCIS team, she still keeps in contact with most of her former co-stars, including Murray. The actor revealed that he is still friends with Perrette, who has moved on to other projects. Murray also praised Perrette’s replacement, Diona Reasonover, for doing an outstanding job with her character and bringing something new to the table.

New episodes of NCIS air Tuesday nights on CBS.