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After 13 years and count­less wise­cracks, it’s time this week for Tony DiNozzo to leave the NCIS build­ing.

Michael Weatherly’s DiNozzo was a firm fan favourite since the show’s in­cep­tion and when the ac­tor an­nounced he’d be de­part­ing the US drama, the re­ac­tion was swift and pre­dictably sad­dened.

But Weatherly prom­ises fans will be happy with the way his de­par­ture is han­dled on screen in the episode air­ing on Tues­day.

“It was very, very beau­ti­ful,” he told US en­ter­tain­ment mag­a­zine EW.

“The Tony and Gibbs (Mark Har­mon) stuff in the episode is also very sat­is­fy­ing. All of it.”

Also sat­is­fy­ing will be the re­turn of An­thony DiNozzo Sr. Robert Wag­ner is back for his on­screen son’s last episode.

While Weatherly said part of the rea­son for his NCIS exit was in order to spend more time with his fam­ily, luck­ily for us he’ll be back on screens soon.

He is the head­line star on up­com­ing drama Bull, which is based on talk show host Dr Phil McGraw’s early days of run­ning one of the most pro­lific trial con­sult­ing ser­vices of all time.

The pi­lot was re­cently picked up for a full-se­ries which is set to de­but in the US in Septem­ber. No word on an Aus­tralian air date for now, but watch this space.


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