'NCIS' Fans Are Gutted Over Emily Wickersham’s Emotional Instagram About Ellie Bishop

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Photo credit: emilywickersham - Instagram
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The rumors are true: Actress Emily Wickersham, who plays Ellie Bishop, is leaving NCIS after eight seasons.

While watching the NCIS season 18 finale last night, many viewers figured out that Ellie purposely outed herself as being behind an NSA leak. That said, they didn’t realize that her new label as a “disgraced NCIS agent” was strategically planned to allow her to go on an undercover operation with Odette (Elayn J. Taylor). Before leaving the Washington D.C.-based team though, she shared a much-awaited kiss with Nick (Wilmer Valderrama).

Though many believed this wouldn't be the last time we'd see Ellie, reality set in when Emily officially announced on Instagram that she was departing the NCIS cast for good.

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“Hangin this hat and jacket up. What a great ride it’s been,” she wrote on Instagram. “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.”

She continued: “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.❤️.”

Emily's Instagram post comes after fans watched a promo video last week of the NCIS season 18 finale, hinting at the possibility of her departure. Still, even with this hunch, longtime supporters weren’t prepared for the farewell. Thousands of fans took to the Instagram comments section to share that they weren't taking Emily's exit very well.

“Don’t mind me while I cry myself to sleep,” one person wrote. “IM CRYING NOOO,” another added. “Omg no!!! 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔 you were my favorite character 😭😭😭,” a different fan said. “My heart hurts 😭,” a follower commented.

Many also took this opportunity to thank Emily for being an important part of the show for nearly a decade. “Thank you for everything, Emily. We’ll miss you so much 💔,” someone said. “😢😢😢 Crying but grateful for this ride as well. Thank you for bringing Ellie Bishop to life. Casting could not have done better. You’ll always have a home in the hearts of your fans.❤️❤️❤️,” another wrote.

What’s more, former NCIS cast member, Maria Bello, also left sweet words: “Love You Em! ❤️😘.” Meanwhile, NCIS newcomer Katrina Law added: “❤️❤️❤️.”

Although there won't be anyone quite like Ellie on the show again, we can’t wait to see what Emily does next in her acting career.

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