"She's a fierce lady and one of my favorite people on the planet," Michael Weatherly said about Pauley Perrette

By Jodi Guglielmi
September 24, 2018 04:00 PM
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Will Pauley Perrette be making a return to TV?

Despite her exit from NCIS after 15 seasons on the show, her former costar Michael Weatherly thinks the actress, who played forensic scientist Abby on the crime comedy, will once again appear on the small screen.

“I know that Pauley Perrette will be back in some capacity,” he told PEOPLE Now. “I’m just saying. And I think that she’s gonna be — I think everyone misses her already, and she’ll be back and funnier than ever. She’s a fierce lady and one of my favorite people on the planet.”

Weatherly played Anthony DiNozzo on NCIS from 2003-16 and now stars on CBS’s Bull. He’s also set to executive-produce a new series with NCIS alum Cote De Pablo, MIA.

Perrette announced her departure from NCIS last October.

“I hope everyone will love the enjoy everything Abby not only for the rest of this season but for everything she has given all of us for 16 years,” she tweeted.

In May, she addressed the reasoning behind her exit from the show on Twitter.

“I refused to go low, that’s why I’ve never told publicly what happened. But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. If you believe them? Please leave me alone. You clearly don’t know me. (Sorry guys, had to be said),” Perrette, 49, tweeted days after the emotional May 8 finale.

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A day later, Perrette posted three more tweets, in which she claimed a “machine” was “keeping me silent” and alleged “multiple physical assaults.”