HATED HARMON DITCHING NCIS!
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.
“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