Why did Ellie leave NCIS? 

Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop left the NCIS to go undercover, while the actress, Emily Wickersham reportedly left to look for other acting opportunities. 

In May 2021, beloved NCIS actress, Emily Wickersham, who played Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, confirmed her exit from one of the longest-running television series in the history of television. In the world of the story, she was given the appropriate and fitting send off. This is as it was discovered that she had leaked an NSA document 10 years ago. However, the revelation was used as a ploy in order for Ellie to resign and go undercover.

Following her fitting send off, Wickerham took to Instagram to bid goodbye to the NCIS family, which she had been a part of since season 11 of the show. Wickerham wrote, “Hangin this hat and jacket up. What a great ride it’s been. 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. This business is finicky and weird and consistency is a rarity. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a show where I got to show up and act and laugh and learn with wonderful people. A moment in time I surely won’t forget. Thank you CBS and NCIS for including me in a part of television history. Time goes fast. Eat it up but chew slowly.”

Moreover, her cast mates commented on the post by wishing her well, showcasing that there is no bad blood between her and the production, cast and crew. Moreover, it is usually understood as standard practice that actors are usually offered a six-season contract as main characters. Therefore, it could be reasoned that Wickerham was offered a six-season contract following her first season, and the decision was not to renew it for upcoming seasons.

This could be related to the fact that beloved character, Ziva David, played by Cote de Pablo, is set to return for the eighteenth season of the show. Wickerham’s first season was as a replacement agent for Ziva, and seeing as she is set to return to reprise her role, Ellie left room for her return to her previous position.