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'NCIS: Los Angeles' Loses Two Major Cast Members in Season Finale

'NCIS: Los Angeles' Loses Two Major Cast Members in Season Finale

The season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles shocked a lot of viewers as it revealed not just one, but two series regular stars would be leaving the show.

The original cast includes Renee Felice Smith, LL Cool J, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa, Linda Hunt, Chris O’Donnell and Daniela Ruah.

In the season finale, “A Tale of Two Igors”, Deeks was kidnapped by an associate of Kirkin’s in need of his help and NCIS investigates the shooting of a militarized dolphin equipped with a Russian microchip, and Beale made Nell an interesting offer.

Click inside to see which two stars are leaving the show…

Renee and Barrett, who played Eric Beale and Nell Jones, will be exiting the show for the upcoming season 13.

Barrett had been promoted to series regular midway through Season 1. He did depart the show in season 11, but returned last season.

As for Renee, she became a series regular in season two, and also took a break from the show starting in seasons 11 and 12. She appeared in a handful of episodes since then.

Barrett Foa as Eric Beale and Renee Felice Smith as Nell Jones on NCIS:LA

According to showrunner R. Scott Gemmill, this doesn’t mean that they both won’t be back.

“Both Renée and Barrett have been on the show a long time, and they’re both very ambitious individuals who have projects that they want to do on their own — and we’ve been giving them time off to do so,” he said to TV Line. “It seemed like a natural time to let them go off and do some other things, and give [their characters] what is a happy, hopefully, ending.”

He adds that this is not the very end for either Eric or Nell.

“There’s a little loophole in there, when Nell says she’s going to be alone in Tokyo with Eric, and she gives it ‘six weeks’ before she’s back,” R. Scott noted. “So, we’ll see what happens.”

NCIS: LA airs Sundays on CBS.

This isn’t the only cast shakeup that happened this week on the CBS network.

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