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Why did Emily Wickersham leave NCIS cast? Agent Ellie Bishop is gone

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Emily Wickersham may have played Agent Ellie Bishop for the final time on the NCIS cast. Pic credit: CBS

NCIS fans worried about Emily Wickersham leaving the cast may not realize that Agent Ellie Bishop has already left the show.

The last episode for Bishop was the Season 18 finale, where she said goodbye to Nick Torres and went off to work on a secret mission.

Wickersham was quick to address the NCIS fans, posting a statement online about her decision to leave the NCIS cast.

Recently, Wickersham also revealed that she is pregnant, which seemingly filled in another missing puzzle piece for NCIS fans who couldn’t understand her departure.

Emily Wickersham leaves the NCIS cast

“Thank you CBS and NCIS for including me in a part of television history. Time goes fast. Eat it up but chew slowly. #ncis #cbs,” read part of a message that Wickersham left for the fans.

“This cast, this crew, are top-notch. I can’t say enough kind words about this group that I’ve had the pleasure of working with for close to 8 years now and 172 episodes later,” Wickersham also wrote about this particular chapter closing on her career.

The door was left wide open for Bishop to return to the show at some point down the road, even if it is just to provide some closure when the NCIS series finale eventually arrives. Until then, though, we will be seeing a lot more of Agent Jessica Knight on NCIS episodes.

NCIS Season 19 arrives with a lot of drama

The brand new season of NCIS arrives on Monday, September 20. New episodes of the show will debut each Monday night at 9/8c, which is a shift from the regular slot on Tuesday nights. This is a big change not just for the CBS TV schedule, but also for millions of NCIS fans.

There are a lot of questions about what will happen during this new season of the show, especially when it comes to Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon). There is a worry that Harmon is approaching the time when he will be leaving the show and recent NCIS rumors reveal he won’t appear on many Season 19 episodes.

A scene from the opening moments of the NCIS Season 19 premiere was also revealed to ramp up the excitement level for fans. That’s going to tip things off and send NCIS viewers on a new and exciting journey during the Fall 2021 television season.

There are a number of new people on the NCIS cast to make up for the people who have left the show, but that might lead to some viewers becoming frustrated that the core of the show has changed so much over the years. That’s something that happens on most shows that last this long.

Hopefully, the ratings are really strong this fall, leading to an early order of NCIS Season 20 by the network.

Below is a clip from the final scene that Agent Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) had on the show. It gives a hint at where Nick’s mental state will be during NCIS Season 19, Episode 1.

NCIS airs Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.

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9 thoughts on “Why did Emily Wickersham leave NCIS cast? Agent Ellie Bishop is gone”

  1. Honestly, they have run out of ideas. This is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to get lightning to strike twice — TIVA Lite. I quit watching regularly when Tony left the show. I watched the Ziva return and didn’t watch at all last year.
    I was Bishop was never a good character — could have been — but they never seemed to get a handle on what they wanted her to be. Torres is a good character.
    I watched last night just to see what happened in the explosion. Once again, the episode was underwhelming to say the most. Could have been a good episode, but it was shoddily done. I don’t blame it on the actors. I just think the writers and production has really fallen off the edge of the table.

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    • Each character replacement has filled a niche that, given time, has warmed the hearts of fans and Emily was no different. She developed into a good character which is always hard to do when we compare them to their previous star. Sad to see her go but by the same token, I welcome Katrina Law. I do not believe this show has ever run out of ideas and continues to challenge the viewer making it a pleasure to watch.

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  2. Honestly, they have run out of ideas. This is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to get lightning to strike twice — TIVA Lite. I quit watching regularly when Tony left the show. I watched the Ziva return and didn’t watch at all last year.
    Bishop was never a good character — could have been — but they never seemed to get a handle on what they wanted her to be. This isn’t the fault of Wickersham or Valderrama. Torres is a good character but could be better. Should have gone against type and kept him as the “Ziva” type rather than revert to the “Tony” type.
    I watched last night just to see what happened in the explosion. Once again, the episode was underwhelming to say the most. Could have been a good episode, but it was shoddily done. I don’t blame it on the actors. I just think the writers and production have really fallen off the edge of the table.

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  3. This is TV; NCIS has had an awesome run. We will have this season but it’s probably doubtful there will be a season beyond this since Harmon has undoubtedly indicated this is his last go-round. They should have a lot of fun with this season; bring back everybody for cameos. That would be awesome.

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  4. Great S19 it started so strong this is what we needed;
    Cohesive, good lines, great cast, loved the couple that patched up Gibbs, and a truthful ending strong as they used to be. This is a promise.

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  5. NCIS Hawaii could have been a great series, but it is so lame. There is too much of family situations that just takes up time and looks like filler. FBI Europe has two lesbians going at each other. I’m not a homophobe, but I get so tired of seeing homosexuality on the good series. Give these people their own show and then we aren’t forced to watch them. I know what they’re trying to do and that is to show America that it is alright. Well I know it is alright, but I sure as hell don’t like to watch it. FBI, FBI’s most wanted, and FBI Europe are all good shows, but it is just a matter of time until they degenerate into the same muck. I doubt seriously that I will continue to watch NCIS Hawaii. Do you not have any writers that are straight?

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  6. I always thought that the FBI was strictly meant to operate on US soil. Why are they in Europe. That is CIA stuff or military stuff. Stop trying to make it into something it is not.

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