Fi­nally had enough of be­trayal & back­bit­ing af­ter 16 long sea­sons


TV CRIME fighter Mark Har­mon is shock­ingly bolt­ing from his hit naval drama NCIS af­ter 16 sea­sons amid feuds and bad blood with his cast and crew, sources tell GLOBE!

But the 67-year-old golden boy — dubbed by sources as “The Mean­est Man on TV” — is set to land on his feet and rake in an­other pile of cash with a new crime show, Prey, based on hit nov­els fea­tur­ing Min­nesota homi­cide de­tec­tive Lu­cas Davenport.

“He’s fed up with NCIS and ev­ery­body on it,” notes an in­sider. “He’s ready to hand in his no­tice.”

The in­sider also snitches the drop-dead hand­some for­mer UCLA quar­ter­back is a pow­er­crazed mon­ster be­neath his mati­nee idol looks.

Un­like for­mer co-star Pauley Per­rette, who he re­port­edly forced off the show, Mark “won’t be missed,” adds the source. “He has a rep­u­ta­tion as the mean­est man in TV and that is no lie!

“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.”

The most shock­ing in­ci­dent in­volved Pauley, who played goth-girl foren­sics whiz Abby for 15 sea­sons. She be­came alarmed af­ter Mark in­sisted on bring­ing his pet pit bull to the set af­ter the dog had badly bit­ten a crew mem­ber.

The feud got so bad Mark and Pauley had to be filmed sep­a­rately — and she soon left.

‘Phys­i­cal as­saults’

“He made things so dif­fi­cult for her she was forced to leave,” says the in­sider. “Mark ba­si­cally had her ousted.”

Pauley later made vague state­ments about “mul­ti­ple phys­i­cal as­saults” and a “ma­chine” that was geared to shut her up. Brian Di­et­zen, who plays As­sis­tant Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner Dr. Jimmy Palmer on the se­ries, says it was dif­fi­cult to see Per­rette fol­low in the foot­steps of pop­u­lar ac­tress Cote de Pablo, whose sud­den de­ci­sion to leave NCIS baf­fled fans.

De Pablo in­sists her quit­ting was “a per­sonal thing, and I’d rather leave it at that” — but in­sid­ers say she clashed with ego­ma­niac Mark!

Mean­while, Har­mon in­sists he had noth­ing to do with Pauley’s ouster or de Pablo’s de­par­ture.

How­ever, the star DID use his clout to drive out show cre­ator Don Bel­lis­ario, who also pro­duced the le­gal drama JAG. Bel­lis­ario stepped down as show boss in 2007.

“Mark clashed with Don over his mi­cro­manag­ing style and it re­sulted in the Hol­ly­wood mogul leav­ing his own show!” notes the source, who says Har­mon holds a grudge for­ever.

The ac­tor, who made his name play­ing NCIS law­man Leroy Jethro Gibbs, re­fused to end his feud with sis­ter Kristin, ex-wife of rock icon Ricky Nel­son, even when she was dy­ing. Kristin, who was nearly broke when she died at age 72 of a heart at­tack April 27, never made peace with her mil­lion­aire brother af­ter he took the drug­gie to court to take away her son Sam. Har­mon dropped the suit when his ac­tress wife, Pam Daw­ber, was go­ing to be ques­tioned in open court about us­ing co­caine.

“Ev­ery­one thought he was pretty cold to­wards his sis­ter,” the in­sider adds. “Mark is not the firm but pa­tient man he plays on TV!”

Mark Har­mon plays a cool­headed leader on NCIS — but in­sid­ers say he’s any­thing but Cote de Pablo (left) mys­te­ri­ously quit the show sev­eral sea­sons be­fore Pauley Per­rette ex­ited

Mark took his trou­bled sis­ter Kristin (left) to court — but dropped case to spare wife Pam

Har­mon wants out of NCIS so he can star in a new de­tec­tive se­ries

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