Michael Weatherly on Leaving 'NCIS,' DiNozzo’s Fate and What’s Next

Michael Weatherly on Leaving 'NCIS,' DiNozzo’s Fate and What’s Next

After 13 hit “NCIS” seasons, Michael Weatherly’s character, Special Agent Tony DiNozzo, is leaving TV’s #1 drama.

“Extra’s” Renee Bargh sat down with Michael to talk about his new life, post-“NCIS.”

“I’m looking forward to meeting myself again,” he said. “It’s been 13 years. I put myself in a little cupboard, and now I’m going to pull myself out of the cupboard.”

Weatherly says he spent half of his professional life as DiNozzo. “I’ve been a professional actor, according to the union, for 26 years. Half of my professional life has been dedicated to this character, this one show, this great group of people.”

In an earlier interview with Renee, Michael teased DiNozzo’s fate. 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.”

Weatherly’s next project is already lined up. He will be playing a character based on Dr. Phil’s days as a jury consultant in a new TV pilot. Before he sinks his teeth into the new role, Michael plans to “Read ‘Paradise Lost’ by John Milton and evaluate… I’m going to go to Jamaica and sit under a tree and play golf.”

We couldn’t let Michael get away without taking our rapid-fire quiz. Check out the video to find out more about the star… including who his celebrity crush is!

Watch DiNozzo’s final episode tonight on CBS.