NCIS star leaves show after 13 seasons

Michael Weatherly (AP)
Michael Weatherly (AP)

Los Angeles— NCIS star Michael Weatherly says he's leaving the long-running CBS drama.

Weatherly, who plays Special Agent Tony DiNozzo, has been with NCIS since it debuted in 2003.

In postings on his Twitter account on Tuesday, Weatherly thanked the show's fans worldwide and said NCIS was a "fantastic ride." He called DiNozzo a wonderful character, one who was fun to play.

In a statement, CBS said Weatherly will leave NCIS at the end of this season. The network said it looked forward to working with Weatherly as part of its ongoing development deal with him.

Mark Harmon stars in the top-rated drama about Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents in Washington. The show is part of a popular franchise for CBS, with other NCIS series set in Los Angeles and New Orleans.