"He is a valued part of the CBS family, and the enormous charm and talent he brings to the screen as "Very" Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today - the No. 1 drama in the world", the network said in a statement at the time.
The scenes offer a glimpse at DiNozzo's colleagues bidding him a final farewell, including touching moments between Tony and McGee (Sean Murray), Abby (Pauley Perrette) and Gibbs (Mark Harmon).
He told TV Insider that "their great dynamic, the badinage and sparring and flirting between [Tony and De Pablo's Ziva] 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".
Weatherly didn't reveal whether DiNozzo is the one in harm's way, but he did drop a hint to viewers.
CBS announced in January that Weatherly would be leaving the series.
"I would just say that he's prominent all the way through this final episode", Glasberg further shared when asked if Tony will be killed off in the story. "He is not replaceable, but what we can do is find someone new, someone different, a new chapter for the show, and move forward and just find something quirky, new and different that works for all of us".
"Ziva is a huge part of who Tony is", he added.
The confirmation came from de Pablo herself at Babson College in MA. The said stars are Sarah Clarke and Duane Henry.
"NCIS, FBI and MI6 continue an worldwide manhunt for an escaped British spy who is targeting current and former agents".
What it will mean for these final two episodes is the addition of a couple of new characters.