With the return of NCIS comes some changes from past seasons, most notably the absence of Mark Harmon in the role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. He won’t be missing from the show totally, but he won’t be in many of the upcoming episodes, either.
There have been a number of stories concerning Mark’s health throughout the years, leading some to speculate that he has medical issues that prohibit him from appearing on set. Here’s the latest on the state of his health (and the untruths that have been floating around).
In Season 19 of ‘NCIS,’ Mark Harmon will only guest star a handful of times.
After it became evident that Mark wouldn’t be a regular presence in NCIS’s 19th season, fans began to worry that his health might be in danger. According to TV Line’s sources, the veteran actor will make “low single digits” of guest appearances this year.
Viewers witnessed Mark’s character, Gibbs, pretend to die in a boat explosion at the end of Season 18, even though they knew he was still alive. As of now, he was on indefinite leave from the NCIS.
CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl reportedly said, “We take it year by year with Mark.” in reference to Mark’s departure. As long as he wants to be here, we’d be happy to have him. We’re more than willing to accommodate his busy schedule.
Mark has been a part of NCIS ever since it premiered, and his absence would be felt by many viewers. The question then becomes why he is withdrawing from the show this year.
Can somebody tell me if Mark Harmon is feeling under the weather?
Since 2018, there have been numerous concerns concerning Mark’s health as he has aged. His representative then told Page Six that the claim about him leaving NCIS due to “failing health” was “absolutely incorrect.”
There was no reason for fans to be concerned, despite their observations that the actor had lost a lot of weight after knee surgery.
There have been unsubstantiated reports that Mark has been diagnosed with cancer, had a stroke, or had a heart attack. He appears to be in good health, and he has explained that he decided to leave NCIS so that he could devote more time to his marriage to Pam Dawber.
There do not appear to be any serious concerns regarding his well-being, but fans have continued to worry about his health over the years as they try to understand why he keeps placing distance between himself and the program.
It makes sense that, after 19 seasons, he would want to devote more time to his life outside of filming.
NCIS airs on CBS every Monday night at 9 p.m. ET, so you can still catch the few episodes in which Mark appears this season if you tune in then.
Professor Heath Freeman
Heath Freeman, 41 years old, passed away on November 14th, 2021. The actor who played Benjamin Frank on the hit sitcom died unexpectedly, prompting tributes from fellow actors and celebrities.
Having previously guest-starred on NCIS, he is now the series’ main attraction as Howard Epps in Bones. The medical examiner for Travis County determined that Heath had died from a heroin overdose.