This Is Why Maria Bello Had To Leave NCIS

NCIS has become a mainstay for CBS, with over ten million viewers who tuned in to the show’s 18th season premiere (via The Hollywood Reporter). But those viewers had to say goodbye to a beloved character, Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane, played by Maria Bello, in the middle of season 18 (via Deadline). The show has had some high profile exits in the past, like Pauley Perrette and Lauren Holly — was Bello’s another dramatic departure?

Bello’s contract for the show was only three years, and this was her third year and she didn’t decide to re-up it (via Good Housekeeping). In an Instagram post on her last day of filming, she wrote “And that’s a wrap for Jack Sloane @ncis_cbs !!! I’ve learned many things on this journey for the last three and a half years. I learned about commitment and community. I’ve learned that the woman I am enjoys process over product. I’ve never worked with a kinder, more generous group of people.”

The Coyote Ugly star has other projects already in the works after her time on the hit crime drama. She’s working as a writer and producer on The Woman King (via Newsweek).

Bello's character will be missed by fans

Bello’s character, a forensic psychologist for the NCIS team, had her leaving the storyline by having her stay in Afghanistan to help protect villagers against the Taliban — not by moving to Costa Rica, as had been teased earlier in the season (via Deadline). After Bello’s exit, NCIS is bringing in Katrina Law, who you might recognize from Hawaii Five-O, as a recurring character for the season’s last two episodes (via Deadline).

It sounds like Bello’s character will be missed by the fans. She posted on Instagram: “Dear Gibbs — my pal. — Did we or didn’t we? Who will ever know. They will only know that we loved each other dearly and were grateful for our time together with our crew. Love. Jack Sloane.” And followers chimed in on the comments. One wrote, “Loved Jack throughout her presence in the show. You brought her to life and gave us a beautiful role model for getting through tough t. Thank you!” Another said, “Loved watching you on this show. Thank you for sharing your heart about what being on the show meant to you and also the team you were with.”

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