NCIS Fans Want Michael Weatherly Back on the Show after Ziva’s Long-Expected Return
The return of former agent, Ziva David played by Cote de Pablo on NCIS, spurred fans to renew their quest to get Michael Weatherly, who played Tony DiNozzo on the show, to do the same.
In a huge reveal at the end of the last episode, the previously-thought-to-be-dead Ziva was seen at the top of Gibbs' (Mark Harmon) basement staircase. She returned with a startling bombshell.
Keeping it simple, she quickly warned Gibbs that he was in danger. The stunned Gibbs only managed a hint of a smile and exclaimed "Ziva!" ahead of the season finale ending.
Needless to say, many fans saw Ziva's return as an opening for Weatherly's return. Some even wondered how he reacted to the moment she returned.
His character, Tony and Ziva had shared strong chemistry and a child on the show. Their child was revealed during Tony's goodbye episode when Weatherly moved to CBS' Bull.
Ziva is back on #NCIS. I would be very happy if Michael Weatherly also had a guest appearance. Hope he comes back to Twitter. I can understand that he is probably taking a break from Twitter. #SupportForMichaelWeatherly— Flora (@Flora0_0_9) May 24, 2019
"I wish Michael Weatherly was still online to react to Ziva’s return," one NCIS fan tweeted and another jokingly added, "Michael Weatherly deleted his social media knowing damn well ziva was coming back to ncis and that I, specifically, would bombard his mentions demanding answers. a true genius."
Weatherly recently removed his Twitter and Instagram accounts. The move came amid sexual harassment allegations made against him by former Bull co-star Eliza Dushku.
I’d like to know when Michael Weatherly is going to tweet about Ziva/Cote being back. 😂— *Johanna* (@NCIScapTIVAted) May 22, 2019
In December, She reached a $9.5 million settlement with CBS for her claims Weatherly's alleged lewd behavior. She also wrote a detailed Boston Globe op-ed about the toxic atmosphere on the show's set and the sexual harassment she faced.
According to her, after she filed a complaint, she was dropped from the show. Weatherly later issued a statement, saying he was not part of Dushku's firing.
michael weatherly deleted his social media knowing damn well ziva was coming back to ncis and that I, specifically, would bombard his mentions demanding answers. a true genius.— becky 🎄 (@BroadStBecky) May 22, 2019
He went on to apologize for his behavior towards her while she was on the show. He admitted that his actions were "both not funny and not appropriate."
“The allegations in Ms. Dushku’s claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done. The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time,” read a statement from CBS.
Besides Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly, a longtime star on the show Pauley Perrette also left the show dramatically yesterday. Her last episode was aired on May 9, 2018.