For 13 years and 300 episodes, Michael Weatherly has been helping the “NCIS” team become TV’s #1 drama.
“Extra’s” Renee Bargh sat down with Weatherly on set for a candid one-on-one about his time as Special Agent Tony DiNozzo and his upcoming exit May 17.
“If you think about it, it is kindergarten all the way through high school,” he said of his time on the show.
Michael also revealed the moment last summer that he knew it was time to call it quits. “I wrote down a long series of ideas and feelings and everything and I realized, ‘Oh, DiNozzo has to go. Time for him to graduate.’”
When Renee asked if Tony gets killed off, Weatherly answered, “Part of him dies,” adding, “I do know that there is death… sudden death.” However, Michael wouldn’t confirm if it was Tony’s sudden death, or someone else’s.
He hinted further, “I hope that everyone in fanland understands that this was the natural way for DiNozzo to leave… and DiNozzo leaves ‘NCIS’ the same way he came… which is my cryptic little puzzle message to the fans.”
Next up, Michael will star in the CBS pilot “Bull,” about Dr. Phil’s days as a jury consultant. Weatherly joked, “He says 'innocent until proven guilty' like 'two all-beef patties lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun’ — it’s a slogan.”