Michael Weatherly Bids Hilarious, Heartfelt Farewell to NCIS Fans

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CBS viewers will not be without Michael Weatherly for very long.

Yes, the actor departed his role of Tony on NCIS Season 13 Episode 24, as the Special Agent learned that Ziva was dead and that he was a father and felt an understandable need to step away.

But Weatherly will star on the new drama Bull this fall... which just so happens to also be scheduled for Tuesday nights on CBS.

Michael Weatherly Says Goodbye

Still, after 13 years as Tony, Weatherly felt a need to thank fans personally for their passion and dedication, recording a hilarious video with the network in order to get his points across.

"I have experienced great joy, great sadness, great dislocation, confusion, anger and sometimes hunger on the set of NCIS," Weatherly says in the video below.

"But the one thing I've never felt was bored or that there was nobody watching because you have made this show the number one show in the world."

Mixing humor with true sentiment, the actor added:

“I want to say that wherever I go, whatever men’s room or restaurant or airport I find myself in, you’re there, too… you’re with me.

“Sometimes it’s appropriate, sometimes it’s not appropriate at all, but I always love it because I am the number one fan of NCIS. I know you guys share that, but I just want you to know that I have priority because I got there first.

"So I don’t want to get competitive about it, and I appreciate that you’re also fans, but I’m the first fan."

Along with this video, Weatherly shared a series of Tweets reaffirming his love for the NCIS fandom.

He also shared pictures from a special finale-night reunion with former on-screen love Cote de Pablo, who played Ziva and who left the show a couple years ago.

with ziva

Watch Weatherly's full message to fans below:

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