This shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been reading CarterMatt for some time — we’re back to do some more cleanup of other sites’ dirty work. Mark Harmon is not leaving NCIS after this season, and any reports otherwise are demented and honestly sick when it comes to how the first come about.
Here’s how the internet telephone game first started when it comes to this show. Someone from a media outlet from a good year ago posts a picture of Harmon, which leads to people commenting on his appearance. Then, one questionable site picks it up speculating on it, then another picks it up with questions about the actor leaving the show over health concerns. Finally, we then get to a site called Counsel & Heal suggesting that the “allegedly sick” actor is “quitting” the show with zero evidence of it.
The zero evidence part of this is disturbing in its own right; it’s even more so when you have a site supposedly about physical and mental wellness (operative word being “supposedly”) speculating on someone’s health based on their appearance. Saying someone looks “sick” based on their appearance is just another form of body-shaming when you don’t actually know what is going on.
Let’s take a deep breath now, since this sort of stuff really unnerves us because it’s basically capitalizing on false rumors for traffic. Harmon’s not going anywhere, and there is little evidence suggesting that he is.
Time for the facts
NCIS is already renewed for a season 15; meanwhile, Harmon has a contract that runs for that duration. The actor may eventually decide to move on or go in a lesser direction; there’s already a possible thread on the story about him getting a promotion that could take him out of the field to a certain degree. The problem is that we’re not at this point just yet, and while the show’s ratings are down, they are not anywhere near cancellation.
We know that Gibbs isn’t everyone’s favorite character among the viewers who watch the show. With that said, we do hope that everyone can agree that peddling departure rumors, and illness rumors like this is pretty terrible.
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Of course, be sure to let us know what you actually want to see happen with Gibbs moving forward. Are you happy that Mark Harmon is not leaving NCIS? (Photo: CBS.)