Would Pauley Perrette Come Back To ‘NCIS’ After Mark Harmon Drama?

After starring on NCIS for fifteen seasons, Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto) left the highest-rated drama on network television because of a behind-the-scenes feud she had with the show’s main star and executive producer, Mark Harmon (Jethro Gibbs). After her departure, Perrette posted a series of vague tweets that featured shocking claims, including one that said she left the show following “multiple physical assaults.” Despite all of the off-camera drama, Perrette was – and still is – a fan favorite, and many fans still wonder if she will ever return to the CBS procedural.

'NCIS' stars Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette
Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette | Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Perrette Decided to Leave ‘NCIS’ One Year Before Announcing Her Exit

The details surrounding her departure from NCIS were never made clear, but Perrette’s tweets and comments from production insiders point to an on-set dispute between Harmon and Perrette that reportedly happened in 2016.

According to Vanity Fair, after working together for more than a decade, Harmon and Perrette’s professional relationship turned ice cold when Harmon brought his dog to the set. Multiple reports claim that an unidentified crew member was playing with the dog when it bit him, and this caused an injury that required 15 stitches.

Harmon continued to bring the dog to the set – and he reportedly made sure the dog was on a leash or in his trailer – but this made some members of the cast and crew uncomfortable. Because of Harmon’s status as executive producer and main star of the show, no one wanted to confront him about the dog – except for Perrette.

When the actress confronted Harmon about the dog situation a rift began, and things got so bad they stopped filming scenes together. According to The Wrap, an arrangement was quietly put in place to make sure that Harmon and Perrette were never in the same location. And, when they did appear on-screen together during Perrette’s final episode, it was because of the power of editing.

“She did her scenes on one day, and he did his work on other days, and they still produced a great show,” the source said. “It was simply scheduled that they did not work the same days.”

This arrangement explains why Gibbs and Abby were rarely together during her last couple of seasons, and the two characters never said goodbye during Abby’s final episode.

Perrette made the announcement in October 2017 that she was leaving at the end of Season 15, and when she fired off her mysterious tweets in May 2018, CBS released a statement that said the actress had a terrific run on NCIS, and everyone was going to miss her. The network added that Perrette came to them one year earlier because of a workplace concern, and they took the matter seriously and helped her find a resolution.

Perrette’s Tweets Implied A Darker Reason For Her ‘NCIS’ Departure

When Perrette’s final NCIS episodes aired in May 2018, and the press reported on the dog drama, the actress posted three tweets that got a ton of attention. She wrote phrases like “multiple physical assaults” and alluded to a “machine” that was keeping her silent. Then, she wrote the words, “He did it.”

When people started asking what Perrette was trying to say, she posted one more thought.

“I want to thank my studio and network CBS They have always been so good to me and always had my back,” wrote Perrette.

An insider claimed that the actress never meant to imply that she was the victim of sexual harassment or physical abuse. And, another said that Perrette decided to leave NCIS before the alleged dog bite incident.

It looks like fans will never know the real reason Perrette left the show, but she did say when she announced her departure that she “refused to go low,” which is why she never publicly revealed what happened.

Perrette Is Returning To Television

Nearly one year after leaving NCIS, Perrette told fans that she was returning to television in the new CBS comedy Broke. Perrette landed the lead female role on the show, and she is starring alongside Jane the Virgin alum Jaime Camil.

The show comes from Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman, and it follows an uber-rich trust fund baby (Camil) who gets cut off by his father. This forces him to move in with his wife’s estranged sister, Jackie (Perrette).

Perrette’s new role is described as “the kind of woman who knows her way around a toolbox and an acetylene torch.” And, she is not happy about her snobby rich sister and husband showing up. However, she soon realizes how much she loves her sister, and appreciates having both her sister and brother-in-law in her life.

CBS has not yet announced a premiere date for Broke.