"I believe in the franchise of NCIS very much," Weatherly told reporters before the finale

By Brittany King
Updated May 17, 2016 01:45 PM
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Special Agent Tony DiNozzo will make his exit on Tuesday after a 13-year run taking down criminals – but is the agent’s badge hung up for good?

Michael Weatherly spoke with reporters recently about his upcoming exit from NCIS and giving closure to his beloved character.

Putting many at ease, he made sure to address the possibility that he might make a special appearance in the future.

“Yes, well, I believe in the franchise of NCIS very much, and it’s why I went and did NCIS L.A last year and NCIS New Orleans,” said Weatherly, 47. “In fact, last year I did 26 episodes of NCIS the franchise, which is insane.”

Weatherly has been playing DiNozzo ever since the No. 1 drama in the world premiered 13 seasons ago in 2003.

“You know, you wouldn’t really want a mortal person to be doing that, but luckily I’m made of titanium and it’s a very strong,” he joked. “I would absolutely be open to anything and everything – including things that no one’s even thought of yet.”

Weatherly summed it all up by saying: “So, I would say the long answer is yes.”

After Weatherly’s parting scene airs on the NCIS finale airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, the actor will be back on the network next season for his newly green-lit series Bull.