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Is Sean Murray Leaving NCIS? Here's What We Know About McGee's Future

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After so many years playing the same character, it’s natural for many actors to want to break out of the routine. “NCIS” has made up the bulk of Sean Murray’s resume over the past 20 years, so while one might surmise he’d be ready for something else, it doesn’t sound like he has plans to leave. 

In February 2023, Murray spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the show’s longevity, concluding with one eye toward the future. He doesn’t sound like he’s planning on leaving McGee behind: “I’m so happy where I’m at. My head is just in what we’re doing right now.” Granted, all good things must come to an end, and even though “NCIS” has been on the air for multiple decades at this point, it’ll have to bow out at some point. Hopefully, that doesn’t occur any time soon, but Murray knows what he wants to do afterward: “When the show eventually ends, I’ll want to do something very different, a different type of show and a very different type of character.”

Regardless of how long “NCIS” sticks around, the franchise is still going strong. There are popular spinoffs like “NCIS: Hawai’i” and many more are in the works, including the prequel show, “NCIS: Origins,” centered on a young Leroy Gibbs, starring Austin Stowell. Until Murray says otherwise, it’s a safe bet McGee will be sticking around for a while.