One year ago, a tabloid falsely claimed Mark Harmon was quitting NCIS after 16 years on the show. The story was completely bogus. Gossip Cop debunked it at the time, and the actor continues to star on the CBS show to this day.
365 days ago, the Globe reported on its cover that Harmon was leaving NCIS as he was “fed up after 16 years of ugly feuds with crew.” Inside, the tabloid quoted a so-called “insider” as saying “He’s fed up with NCIS and everybody on it. He’s ready to hand in his notice.” The story called Harmon the “meanest man on TV,” and the dubious source went on to say, “He’s hated by the rest of the cast because he holds grudges and has gotten people fired. He’s a real dictator on the set and sparked a lot of conflicts among his co-workers.”
There was a lot to unpack with the sprawling, two-page article. The untrustworthy publication made a lot of accusations about conflicts Harmon may have had with various cast and crew members of the show. Many of these rumors were later disputed by Harmon and others working on the series. But the bottom line on the story – Harmon quitting – was wholly untrue. The star of the show was never leaving, and he was never “fed up” with filming the hit show, which is among the longest-running programs on TV.
As Gossip Cop pointed out, most of the claims in the article were baseless. We even checked with Harmon’s spokesperson, rather than rely on an unnamed and anonymous source, as the tabloid did. Harmon’s rep confirmed that the actor was not quitting NCIS, calling the story “completely false.” We also noted that other, more reliable outlets also confirmed his return. Harmon has starred on every episode of the show’s 17th season.
As we also pointed out at the time, the tabloids have a terrible history of making predictions about stars leaving their shows. Just days after this story, Gossip Cop busted the Globe for claiming Ellen Pompeo was leaving her hit show, Grey’s Anatomy, due to supposed health issues. In reality, Pompeo and ABC extended her contract for two more seasons, running through spring 2021. Pompeo’s rep, who clearly knew more about her client’s career than the speculative tabloid, also assured us she was staying on the show. The same goes for Harmon and his hit series, which is currently airing its 17th season.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.