NCIS Season 18 Update: Jack Confirms Exit After First 8 Episodes

Maria Bello, playing the role of forensic psychologist Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane, has confirmed her exit in CBS’s “NCIS,” when the show returns for the next installment.

In the upcoming Season 18, Bello will leave the show after just eight episodes into the season, wrapping up her storyline, when her three-year contract with the series comes to end, Deadline reports.

Bello joined the “NCIS” for the Season 15, and has been met with mixed reactions from fans all over the world. There were even rumors of her character of Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane getting into a romantic relationship with the lead character of Agent Gibbs. This was because, Gibbs is currently in the process of opening up himself, and the storyline is said to bring out his softer side in the future seasons.

ER alumna Bello has also signed with the Gersh agency for representation in all areas, while continuing to be with John Carrabino Management. She will be seen in the David Oyelowo-directed “The Water Man.” Her previous TV credits include “Goliath,” “Touch,” “Prime Suspect. Bello co-strred and executive produced the award-winning YA drama “Giant Little Ones,” from writer/director Keith Behrman.

However, her character will leave the Gibbs’s team, only after the 400th episode of the series, which is expected to air as the second episode, when the show premiers sometime this fall.

“We have a lot of flexibility to air the first five or six episodes [of Season 18] in any order we want,” co-showrunner Frank Cardea noted, “but we will still shoot 400 as the second one and air it as the second one.”

The “NCIS” Seaon 17 was cut short, due to the pandemic-related shutdown, with just 20 episodes, as the Episode 21, was only two days away from production. The crew is expected to film Episode 21 first, when they return to sets.

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