There have been many cast departures over the years; however, there is no denying that one that hit fans hardest was the departure of Pauley Perrette.
From the very beginning, Perrette was the heart of the show as NCIS’s quirky and brilliant Chief Forensic Scientist. Her unique goth style, affinity for caffeine (who didn’t crave a Caf-Pow courtesy of Abby’s love for them?!), optimistic look on life, and unwavering loyalty to the team made Abby one of the team’s most important members and one of the fans’ favorite characters.
After 15 seasons on the show, Perrette unexpectedly left the show when her character handed in her resignation following an assassination attempt and we haven’t seen Abby on the show since.
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As fans later found out, Perrette’s exit from the show was rumored to be caused by growing friction between her and costar Mark Harmon. This behind-the-scenes drama is what has kept Perrette from returning in the years since her exit, but there is one major development that could open the door for her possible return: Harmon is no longer a part of the cast.
Now that Harmon is no longer part of the cast, perhaps the door could be open for Perrette to make a return as Abby be it in a guest appearance or even a guest arc. Getting the chance to see her reprise her role even if just for an episode is something we’d love to see and we can only hope that Perrette might one day consider revisiting her iconic character!