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Michael Weatherly Will Return to 'NCIS' When "The Time Is Right"


Sep. 24 2019, Updated 1:21 p.m. ET

It was the season finale no one was expecting — Ziva David made her grand return to NCIS after years in hiding. 

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Now that Cote de Pablo has brought back her iconic character, fans are wondering if Ziva's love interest Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo will also be making a comeback to the CBS series. 

We mean, it only makes sense to reunite this couple, right? 

But first, what happened to Tony on NCIS?

Before we can even discuss Tony's return to NCIS, fans need to remember why he left the show in the first place. It turns out actor Michael Weatherly needed a break

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"It came about at the right time," he told reporters shortly after the Season 13 finale. "I was burnt out by NCIS and I was ready for a new challenge. Sometimes change is as good as a rest."

He also revealed in another interview that losing Ziva was an eye-opening moment for him. 

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"[Tony and Ziva’s] great dynamic, the badinage and sparring and flirting between those two characters and how they would swing from siblings to near lovers and back to buddies, that was gone, and then I got to the point where I felt I’d stayed at the party for too long," he told TV Insider. "I would look around the room and other people were really in sync and having fun. The show was a huge success, but I just suddenly realized that I probably had other things that I should be doing."

So, will Tony (aka Michael Weatherly) come back to NCIS?

Now, it's been four years since his exit — and Ziva is back. Does this mean Tony will make a cameo during Season 17? It is looking pretty promising. 

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"I absolutely see worlds where DiNozzo and other characters could pop up [again]," Michael, who now stars on the CBS series Bull, told Digital Spy in 2017. "It is something I'm very keen to explore when the time is right."

He continued, "[Cote is] one of my favorite people. For eight years, we got to have a lot of fun. Certainly, in terms of chemistry, I've never had anyone like that rattle my brain!" 

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The timing seems right to us...

What happened between Ziva and Tony on NCIS?

In case you haven’t had a chance to binge-watch the first 16 seasons of NCIS on Netflix, Ziva and Tony are one of TV’s most beloved will-they, won’t-they couples. Though the characters always had sexual tension between them, they never actually dated. However, they did share a few intimate moments.

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The agents only kissed twice over the span of nine seasons, the first taking place in Season 3 when they went undercover as a married couple. They kissed again before Ziva’s departure in Season 11, Episode 2.

It was later revealed that the duo had slept together and that Ziva had given birth to a daughter named Tali. When Tony left NCIS in Season 13, he went to take care of the little girl after Ziva was seemingly killed in a mortar attack. 

Who's ready for a family reunion? Watch NCIS Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. 

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