For Bishop fans, it’s the end of an era, and they’re desperate for answers.
NCIS was created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill and premiered on CBS in September 2003 as a spin-off of Jag. It followed the lives of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Over the years, the American police procedural has maintained a loyal following, with many fan favourites being honoured.
Emily Wickersham’s Bishop has been a highlight for many viewers.
Throughout Season 18, she has continued to dazzle, but the season’s most recent finale was a complete shocker. What is the reason for Emily Wickersham’s departure from NCIS?
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WHAT IS THE REASON FOR EMILY WICKERSHAM’S DEPARTURE FROM NCIS?
Despite the fact that Emily Wickersham hasn’t stated why she’s leaving NCIS, she did offer some insight in a recent Instagram post. After so many years as a series regular, it’s understandable that she wanted to pursue other opportunities.
She shared a photo on Instagram on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021, with the caption:
“I’m going to hang this hat and jacket up. What a fantastic journey it’s been. This cast and crew are incredible. I can’t say enough good things about this group, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working for nearly eight years and 172 episodes. This industry is finicky and strange, and consistency is rare.”
“I was fortunate enough to be a part of a show where I got to show up and act, laugh, and learn with wonderful people,” she continued. I’ll never forget that moment in time. Thank you to CBS and NCIS for giving me the opportunity to be a part of television history. Time flies by.
Consume it, but chew slowly.”
The 37-year-old American actress has clearly left the show on good terms with the cast and crew, and while no reason for her departure has been given, she does note that she has been aboard for nearly 8 years. So maybe it was time for her to move on to the next stage of her career.
Following the season 18 finale, viewers were concerned for the character, who appeared to cut ties with NCIS in the hopes of leaving the country to pursue something else. She was accused of leaking NSA information, but she later confessed and resigned, handing over her gun and badge.
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FANS OF BISHOP REACT TO HER EXIT FROM NCIS
Following the big finale, a number of fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts and reactions on Bishop’s farewell.
IS BISHOP IN SEASON 19 OF NCIS?
There’s no reason to expect Bishop to make an appearance in the upcoming season after that season 18 finale and Emily’s Instagram sign-off.
After the revelation about the NSA leak, she and Torres share an emotional kiss in her final scene. She then walks away, her future uncertain.
Of course, with NCIS, nothing is ever guaranteed, and she may appear on the show at some point in the future. For the time being, however, Bishop’s absence will be felt by viewers when season 19 premieres.