Emily Wickersham is bidding farewell to her days on NCIS. On Tuesday’s (May 25) season 18 finale of the CBS hit crime drama, Wickersham’s character, Ellie Bishop, was despatched off on a secret undercover mission. But followers had been stunned to see that the star took to Instagram to verify that this mission means her character is leaving the procedural for good.
“Hangin this hat and jacket up,” Wickersham wrote in an Instagram caption asserting her exit. “What a terrific journey it has been. This cast, this crew, are high notch. I can not say sufficient type phrases about this group that I’ve had the pleasure of working with for shut to eight years now and 172 episodes later.”
Wickersham joined NCIS in 2013 when the show was amidst its fifth season, starting as a visitor cast member and shortly becoming a member of the ranks of the principle cast. Her Instagram publish went on to replicate her time on the sequence.
“This enterprise is finicky and bizarre and consistency is a rarity,” Wickersham stated of engaged on NCIS. “I’ve been fortunate sufficient to be part of a show the place I bought to show up and act and snort and be taught with great folks. A second in time I absolutely will not neglect. Thank you CBS and NCIS for together with me in part of tv historical past.”
Wickersham didn’t explicitly deal with why she’s leaving NCIS, solely asserting the exit in her Instagram publish. But CBS’s official community Instagram did depart Wickersham a remark — “Thanks for making historical past with us,” it learn — suggesting the star left on good phrases.
“So rattling happy with you my buddy,” her co-star Brian Dietzen, who performs Jimmy Palmer, additionally commented. “Also, I’m gonna miss the hell outta you on set. I can not wait to see what you do subsequent. Whatever it is, I’ll be there within the entrance row. Thank you.”
Fans reacted to her exit, mourning the lack of Ellie Bishop. “I’m heartbroken… Emily Wickersham aka Bishop is leaving NCIS 😭,” one Twitter person wrote. “I can’t cope with one other actor leaving this show.”
“Time goes quick,” Wickersham closed in her caption asserting the exit. “Eat it up however chew slowly.”