Why did Pauley Perrette leave NCIS?

Pauley Perrette, who played Abby Sciuto, exited NCIS after 15 years due to the actress claiming that she needed to step away from the show.

Pauley Perette, played Abby Sciuto, was a well-loved character on CBS’ NCIS, and featured prominently in the storyline from season one until season 15. In 2019, the character was shot during a street holdup, and was initially declared dead before medical examiner, Ducky Mallard, approached a covered body on the exam table.

Eventually, it was determined that Abby did not die, although she was left with the emotional scars of her near-death experience.

Ultimately, Abby exited the storyline when she informed her colleagues that she would be leaving NCIS immediately to oversee the charity that Clayton planned to start in honour of his late mother.

Pauley’s decision to leave NCIS was said to be from her desire to take a break after 15 years of being on the same show. According to an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, the actress stated, “I needed to stop. I’ve had such an insanely interesting life, just being in film and television and the criminal science. I wanted to do absolutely nothing. It turns out, I was great at it.”

Many wondered if her departure had something to do with the accusations she made public in 2018, where she alleged that she had been physically abused multiple times on set. She also claimed that a big entity had ordered her to keep quiet, which is why she had not made the claims sooner.

It is still unclear if her tumultuous relationship with the crew of NCIS had anything to do with her exit from the show.