Taking to Instagram after Great Wide Open aired, executive producer Steven Binder wrote: “As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show.
“Our north star has always been staying true to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and where those characters go.
“So regarding the future of Gibbs, as longtime fans of the show may have noticed over the years… never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”
So perhaps this may not be the end of Gibbs after all.
NCIS season 19 airs every Monday night on CBS in America. A UK start date hasn’t been announced.