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‘NCIS’: Will The Hit CBS Series End After Mark Harmon’s Exit?

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‘NCIS’ lost its longtime leader when Mark Harmon left the CBS juggernaut at the beginning of its 19th season. So what does this mean for the show? Here’s what we know about the future of ‘NCIS.’

NCIS bid farewell to Mark Harmon’s beloved character Gibbs in the October 11 episode. Mark had been with the show since its very first season in 2003. The character Leroy Jethro Gibbs was introduced even before NCIS premiered. Mark first played the character on the CBS series JAG.

As for what’s next for NCIS beyond season 19 in the wake of Mark’s exit, time will tell. HollywoodLife has rounded up what we know about the future of NCIS, why Mark left the show, and if he’ll ever return.

Mark Harmon in his last ‘NCIS’ episode. (CBS)

Is ‘NCIS’ Coming To An End?

NCIS is currently in its 19th season. CBS has not announced whether or not there will be a season 20 of NCIS. Season 19 wasn’t confirmed until April 2021, so it could be a while before fans know if NCIS will return for another season. CBS has also not said if season 19 could be the final season of TV’s most-watched drama.

Why Did Mark Harmon Leave ‘NCIS’?

While fans reacted in real-time to Mark’s exit from NCIS, it was revealed by The Hollywood Reporter months before that Mark would be returning to the show in a “limited capacity” in season 19. Mark, who is also an executive producer, signed a one-year deal to return for season 19.

Mark has not spoken publicly yet about his departure from the long-running TV series. According to THR, when the actor reportedly heard that CBS would end NCIS if he left, he started conversations with the network and producers to return for a “handful of episodes” if it was renewed. NCIS did end up getting the green light for season 19, but CBS has not announced whether or not this will be the final season.

How Did Mark Harmon Leave The Show?

Fans were shocked when Leroy Jethro Gibbs decided to stay behind in Alaska after his latest investigation was complete during the October 11 episode. “I’m not going back, Tim,” Gibbs told McGee while fishing. “I’m not going back home.”

When a stunned McGee asked Gibbs what he was looking for in Alaska, Gibbs replied, “I don’t know. My gut’s telling me I’ll know when I find it.” He had found a “sense of peace” after losing his first wife Shannon and daughter Kelly that he was “not ready” to let go of yet.

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Wilmer Valderrama and Sean Murray on ‘NCIS.’ (CBS)

“I could not have hoped for anyone better to watch my back for the past 18 years than you, Tim,” Gibbs told McGee. The partners shared a sweet hug, and then McGee left Gibbs out on the water as he returned to Los Angeles to continue working.

Will Mark Harmon Return To ‘NCIS’?

Gibbs’ future was left open-ended in the October 11 episode. He seemed to be retiring from his longtime post in the wake of being nearly killed in a boat explosion in the season 18 finale. Just because Gibbs won’t be in every NCIS episode moving forward doesn’t mean we’ll never see him again.

“As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show,” NCIS executive producer and showrunner Steven D. Binder said in a statement. “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.”

‘NCIS’ Season 19 Cast

Gibbs leaves behind his team that includes Sean Murray as Special Agent Timothy McGee, Wilmer Valderrama as Special Agent Nick Torres, Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Parker, Diona Reasonover as Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines, Rocky Carroll as NCIS Director Leon Vance, and David McCallum as Dr. Ducky Mallard. Katrina Law first appeared as Special Agent Jessica Knight in the final 2 episodes of season 18, and she has since been made a series regular in the 19th season.

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Gary Cole on ‘NCIS.’ (CBS)

Veep alum Gary Cole joined the cast of season 19 as FBI Special Agent Alden Parker. Back in June 2021, THR noted that “sources caution that Cole’s character is not replacing Harmon’s.”

Emily Wickersham, who played NCIS Special Agent Ellie Bishop since season 11, left the show at the end of season 18. Bishop resigned from her job after it was revealed she had leaked an NSA document a decade earlier. But it was just a ruse so she could go undercover. Emily spoke out about her departure in a May 2021 Instagram post.

“Hangin this hat and jacket up,” she captioned a series of photos. “What a great ride it’s been. This cast, this crew, are top notch. I can’t say enough kind words about this group that I’ve had the pleasure of working with for close to 8 years now and 172 episodes later. This business is finicky and weird and consistency is a rarity. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a show where I got to show up and act and laugh and learn with wonderful people. A moment in time I surely won’t forget. Thank you CBS and NCIS for including me in a part of television history. Time goes fast. Eat it up but chew slowly.”

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Selena Gomez Claps Back At Troll For Criticizing Her Drinking Joke After Kidney Transplant

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Selena Gomez Claps Back At Troll For Criticizing Her Drinking Joke After Kidney Transplant

A social media user criticized Selena Gomez for her joking about heavy drinking after getting a kidney transplant. Then the actress fought back.

Selena Gomez didn’t find one fan’s comment about her drinking very funny. The drama all began when the Only Murders in the Building actress posted a funny reaction TikTok to Dr. Dawn Bantel’s description of what constitutes “heavy drinking” for men and women. “The CDC defines heavy drinking as 15 or more drinks a week for men,” Dr. Dawn explained as Selena jokingly raised her eyebrows. “And 8 or more drinks per week for women.”

Although the “Ice Cream” singer captioned the video by saying, “it’s a joke,” some TikTok users didn’t think her take on heavy drinking was very funny.

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“So one of your best friends gives you her kidney and you continue to drink excessively,” a user wrote. “Damn Selena.” After the person wrote in the critique, the 29-year-old clapped back, “It was a joke ass.” Following Selena’s response, numerous fans came to her defense, with one writing, “The fact you need to say that this is a joke [pleading face emoji]…I love you.”

Selena Gomez (Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock).

In Sept. 2017, Selena announced she had received a kidney transplant from her friend, Francia Raisa, 33, while battling lupus. In an interview on Today during that time, Selena shared how her pal saved her life with the organ donation. “I guess I got to the point where it was really, kind of, life or death,” she shared. Since her surgery, the “Lose You to Love Me” singer has advocated for kidney donations, using her platform to call out controversial jokes about the subject.

In August 2021, the pop star called out the show The Good Fight for joking about her situation, writing, “I am not sure how writing jokes about organ transplants for television shows has become a thing but sadly it has apparently,” she shared. “I hope in the next writer’s room when one of these tasteless jokes are presented it’s called out immediately and doesn’t make it on air.” Moreover, fans came to Selena’s defense when the Saved By the Bell reboot also made light of the subject, leading the network to issue a formal apology.

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Sandra Bullock Wishes Her Skin Color ‘Matched’ Her Adopted Kids’: It’d Make Life ‘Easier’

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Sandra Bullock discusses motherhood in a new ‘Red Table Talk,’ revealing that she sometimes wishes her skin ‘matched’ her adopted children Louis and Laila, who are both Black.

Sandra Bullock will open up about her experiences of being a mother to two Black children. The actress, 57, will chat about parenthood in the Wednesday, Dec. episode of Red Table Talk. In a sneak peek shared ahead of the new episode, Sandra speaks candidly about wishing that her skin color “matched” her adopted children, son Louis, 11, and daughter Laila, 9.

Sandra Bullock on the December 1 episode of ‘Red Table Talk.’ (Facebook Watch)

“To say that I wish our skins matched, sometimes I do,” she says to co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris. “Because then it would be easier on how people approach us. And I have the same feelings as a woman with brown skin with her babies or a white woman with white babies.”

“It’s the mother-child dynamic,” Willow adds. “There is no color.” Sandra adds, “Maybe one day that will go away. Maybe one day we will be able to see with different eyes.” The actress adopted her son Louis in 2010, when he was just 3 months old. She adopted big sister Laila in 2015, when she was 3.

In a cover story for PEOPLE in 2015, the Oscar winner opened up about her son was “ready” for Laila “before she even arrived,” noting that the topic came up at a dinner with friends. “He puts his hands behind his head and leans back and says, ‘I don’t have daughters,’” she recalled. “And we agreed as well that he didn’t have daughters, and then he said, ‘but I’m gonna have a baby soon. I don’t know its name yet, but it’s coming.’”

Sandra called Louis a “wise old soul and often knows more than I give him credit for,” adding, “I think he was ready for her before she even arrived.” That same year, while speaking to BET, the actress spoke about racism, addressing whether or not she’s had conversations with Louis about Black Lives Matter and racism in the country.

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Sandra Bullock and her son Louis (Beverly News/Shutterstock)

The star said she was “absolutely” having those conversations, adding, “It’s an open conversation that we have. He fully understands what that means. He doesn’t understand why people judge each other based on color of their skin, but he knows they do. He also knows that there’s sexism, he knows that there’s homophobia. He knows a lot for a 5-and-3-quarter year old.”

She added that the sooner parents have those conversations, the better.  “I think if you don’t start the conversation very early on, you’re doing them a disservice,” Sandra said. “I can’t ride in a bubble with him. I want him to know the truth, but I also want him to know the good in the world as well. Those are hard conversations to have, you know.”

“It’s not any conversation any parent wants to have with their child, is that you’ll be judged by the color of your skin rather than the content of your character,” Sandra continued. “But it exists, and I want him to be safe and I want him to be aware. Once he leaves that house and I’m not with him, it’s his life and how he approaches it is his decision. But I want to know that I did the best I could as his mom to educate him on the ugliness in the world, and also the beauty.”

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Justin Bieber Transforms Into A Priest For New Balenciaga Ad: ‘It’s Fashion Darling’

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Justin Bieber posed in a long black robe-like jacket and chunky square-toed boots as he gave a serious facial expression to the camera in the epic ad photo, which he shared on social media.

Justin Bieber, 27, looked almost unrecognizable in one of the pics from his new Balenciaga ad! The singer posed in an outfit that resembled a priest’s robe in the epic photo and showed off an intense and serious facial expression. The look included a floor-length black jacket, black square-toed chunky boots, and a lanyard around his neck that held a bunch of keys.

It’s fashion darling,” Justin captioned the pic, which also featured the brand name across it, on Instagram on Nov. 30. Once he shared the headline-making snapshot, it didn’t take long for fans to comment and they had a lot to say!

Justin Bieber during a previous outing. (Diggzy/Shutterstock)

“Pastor Bieber,” one fan wrote while another called him “Father Bieber.” A third called him a “cutiepie” and a fourth compared the robe-like jacket to a blanket. Others wrote about how “beautiful” he looked in the pic and one simply but effectively put, “Wow.”

This is not the first time Justin has gotten attention for a Balenciaga ad photo. In July, he had people talking about a look that showed off a streetwear style that included an oversized black leather jacket over a black hoodie, black sweatpants, white socks, and gray and red sneakers. He also held a black “City” handbag. In Sept., he also posed for the brand in a black shirt under a denim jacket, black sweatpants, white socks, and blue and white sneakers and held another black handbag.

When Justin’s not posing for big fashion names like Balenciaga, he’s posing in his own Drew brand, like in the pics above. The bright yellow logo is a smiley face that gives off a lighthearted vibe on whatever piece of clothing it’s on and has been a bit hit with Justin’s family, friends, and fans. His wife Hailey Baldwin also sometimes sports Drew outfits, showing off her full support for her hubby and his creative endeavors. One of her most recent pics in Drew clothing showed her rocking a pink Drew sweatshirt while holding a puppy.

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