No one was happy to see Michael Weatherly leave ‘NCIS,’ but after 13 seasons he said goodbye and moved on — to ‘Bull.’ The actor, 48, revealed that in a way, it was time to end one chapter start that next one.
Michael Weatherly has stepped into a brand new lead role on CBS’ Bull, so is he officially putting NCIS in his past? So, what happened when the actor was asked if he was relieved to leave the show while at the Television Critics’ Association’s Summer tour?
“It’s not relief, it is an amazing change and discovery,” he told reporters. “That was an extraordinary, unique ride. It was 13 years and felt like a circle that had gone all the way around, and I felt happy with the resolution of my character and my time on the show.”
“When I got in the elevator for the last time, I thought ‘I understand it all. It’s time to leave,'” he said. As for quickly moving on to another show, Bull, well it was quite a ride.
“It’s like finishing War and Peace. It’s like War and Peace part two. Bull is a big show with a lot of characters, it’s complex. I solve problems the same way as an actor, but it really requires a lot of muscles… I wake up every morning grateful that I have this opportunity.”
He also said that no, he wasn’t “burnt out” after NCIS, and that “sometimes a change is as good as a rest.”
When he departed the show, she shouted out to his amazing character. “DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character and I couldn’t have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will miss the amazing crew & cast, who are like family to me, & to the fans all over the world – THANK YOU, it’s been a fantastic ride!” The 47-year-old did not include a reason for his departure…but 13 years is a long time!”