Weatherly leaving ‘NCIS’ after 13 seasons

LOS ANGELES – “NCIS” star Michael Weatherly says he’s leaving the long-running CBS drama.

Weatherly, who plays Special Agent Tony DiNozzo, has been with “NCIS” since it debuted in 2003.

In postings on his Twitter account Tuesday, Weatherly thanked the show’s fans worldwide and said “NCIS” was a “fantastic ride.” He called DiNozzo a wonderful character, one who was fun to play.