As expected, fans are not handling Ducky’s “retirement” well. “DON’T DO IT, DUCKY,” one fan tweeted before another added, “I’m not ready to say goodbye to Ducky!” 

Ducky’s departure is the latest blow to NCIS fans. 

Last May, Pauley Perrette aka Abby Scuitto left the show after 16 years. “It was a decision made last year. I hope everyone will love and enjoy EVERYTHING ABBY not only for the rest of this season but for everything she has given all of us for 16 years,” she wrote at the time of her exit. In her final episode, which aired on May 8, Abby was not killed off but rather given an emotional goodbye. 

After getting shot by a hitman, Abby announced she would be leaving the country. “I’m not coming back,” Abby said on the show. “I’m leaving N.C.I.S. Clay died saving my life, and I owe him a debt and I tend to see that through. Clay always wanted to start a charity in honor of his mom, and since he’s not here to make that happen, I will. I know you may not understand, but it’s something I have to do—not just for him, for me . . . It wasn’t an easy decision. You guys are my family, and this is my home, but you have to go with your gut, and my gut is telling me that I have to go.” 

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