Baltimore Sun

Harmon exits ‘NCIS’ in 19th season

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Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs has closed his last case. Mark Harmon bid farewell to “NCIS” Monday, turning in his badge and remaining in Alaska after the team traveled there in his — and the show’s — 19th season.

Harmon’s exit had been speculated for months, especially after he signed on for the 19th season only in a “limited capacity.” Last season’s finale ended in a boat explosion, but few believed “NCIS” would actually kill off Gibbs.

“As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show,” showrunner Steve 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.”

A top Netflix executive said Dave Chappelle’s special “The Closer” doesn’t cross “the line on hate” and will remain on the streaming service despite fallout over the comedian’s remarks about the transgende­r community.

In an internal memo, co-CEO Ted Sarandos told managers that “some talent” may join third parties in calling for the show’s removal, adding, “which we are not going to do.”

Netflix declined to comment on the memo, which was reported by Variety. But the company responded to news reports it had suspended three employees, including Terra Field, who’d criticized Chappelle’s special in tweets. Field identifies

Netflix backs Chappelle:

herself on Twitter as a senior software engineer at Netflix and as trans.

“It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly, and we support their right to do so,” Netflix said in a statement.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the three employees joined a quarterly meeting for company directors and vice presidents without gaining authorizat­ion.

The person, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the situation publicly, said one worker was suspended as a result of an investigat­ion.

Amodio’s ‘Jeopardy!’ run ends: Matt Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” came to an end on Monday’s show, leaving the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize

money.

Amodio failed to answer the Final Jeopardy! clue correctly and came in third, his streak cut short by Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida.

Amodio finished No. 2 on the all-time consecutiv­e wins list behind only Ken Jennings, who had 74 wins. Amodio won a total of $1,518,601, which puts him third on the all-time non-tournament cash winnings list behind James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Jennings ($2,520,700).

Oct. 13 birthdays: Singer Shirley Caesar is 83. Musician Paul Simon is 80. Actor Demond Wilson is

75. Singer Sammy Hagar is

74. Actor John Lone is 69. Singer Marie Osmond is

62. Actor T’Keyah Crystal Keymah is 59. Actor Kate Walsh is 54. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 50. Singer Ashanti is 41. Actor Caleb McLaughlin is 20.

 ?? MICHAEL TULLBERG/GETTY 2018 ?? Mark Harmon had signed on for the 19th season of“NCIS” only in a “limited capacity.”
MICHAEL TULLBERG/GETTY 2018 Mark Harmon had signed on for the 19th season of“NCIS” only in a “limited capacity.”

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