Weatherly has played Special Agent Tony DiNozzo since the crime series began in 2003, but on Tuesday (05Jan16), he told fans he will be leaving the show at the end of the current 13th season.
"DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character & I couldn't have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons," Weatherly wrote on Twitter.com. "I will miss the amazing crew & cast, who are like family to me, & to the fans all over the world - THANK YOU, it’s been a fantastic ride!"
News of Weatherly's departure comes days after he pleaded no contest to a DUI charge stemming from an arrest in November (15). He was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to attend alcohol education classes, according to TMZ.com.