After 15 years on the job, Pauley Perrette is saying farewell to the role that has helped make her a household name as Abby Sciuto on the CBS show NCIS. On Friday, April 6, the actor posted a series of farewell photos to her Twitter account that showed her cozying up to various costars looking incredibly happy, but at the same time, there’s a palpable tinge of sadness permeating the photos. This goodbye is clearly a difficult one, not only for Perrette but also for the rest of the NCIS cast. Brace yourselves, NCIS fans, because this goodbye is going to be a ridiculously tough one.
Captioning a set of four photos on her Twitter with the very upbeat sentiment “Finished shooting my last scene of NCIS with @SeanHMurray @BrianDietzen @EmilyWickersham @WValderrama Airs May 8th. LOVE Y’ALL!!!” Perrette was clearly trying to keep it light and positive while also giving us a peek into her final days on set. Despite her best efforts, though, Perrette’s tears did make an appearance in a photo she took with costar Wilmer Valderrama, who is kissing her cheek.
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) April 7, 2018
Perrette wasn’t the only one marking her final day on set. In fact, costar Sean Murray also posted a very sweet photo of the two of them on the same day Perrette posted her photos. Simply captioned “[M]e and @PauleyP #NCIS,” the photo of these longtime costars is enough to give fans all the sentimental feels.
— Sean Harland Murray (@SeanHMurray) April 6, 2018
Perrette announced in October 2017 she would be leaving NCIS after a lengthy run. On Twitter, she said that contrary to the rumors that had been swirling around in the news, she was leaving on good terms with CBS and the folks at NCIS and that she had made the decision around a year before she even announced it. It’s not clear what Perrette plans to do after NCIS. Her IMDb page doesn’t list any upcoming projects and she hasn’t indicated on social media what her plans are. Maybe she’s planning to get some much-needed R&R. We certainly wouldn’t be surprised.
Saying goodbye is never easy, but luckily, Perrette has left NCIS fans with plenty of good memories to keep them warm as she moves on to new projects.