Why did they kill off Emily on NCIS?

Emily Fornell was killed off NCIS in March 2021, after the writers made the decision to have her overdose off-screen, leaving actress, Juliette Angelo, disappointed by her character’s exit.

Emily Fornell’s death on NCIS in March 2021 has been noted as one of the most anticlimactic scenes of the series, as it did not happen on-screen. Played by Juliette Angelo, the character has been part of the series for almost a decade, as she debuted at the age of 13 as a recurring character in 2011. The episode in question, titled “Winter Chill,” which aired on Tuesday, 9 March 2021, saw the team receiving news that Emily had suffered an overdose and did not make it out alive.

Juliette’s sudden departure led fans to question whether her exit was due to internal conflict within the production, or if it was always intended for the character to die. NCIS has not provided a reason for her exit yet, but fans believe that her death was unnecessary and did not notably contribute to the storyline.

In an Instagram Story shared after the airing of the episode, the actress stated, “Thank [you all] for your messages about NCIS. It was a shock, for all of us. I found out the same time as you, via text. Lots of emotions about this. Just wanted to pop by in the midst of my social media break and say thanks for all the love these past years. Emily has been a part of my life since I was 13. As a newly 22-year-old, it has certainly been a journey. Onward.”