Jennifer Esposito: Leaving NCIS After One Season!

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Jennifer Esposito will not be staging a comeback this fall as Alex Quinn on NCIS. 

Esposito confirmed the news to Deadline in a short and sweet statement, saying "It was a great experience."

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"I could not have asked for a better opportunity than to work with the NCIS cast and producers."

Jennifer's first appearance on NCIS Season 14 Episode 1 was a hit with fans.

Little is known about what went down that paved the way for the departure, but you will probably be able to tell how the story ends if you watch NCIS online

Jennifer received a call from her mother at the conclusion of Season 14, so something tells us a family drama will see her leave the team on a permanent basis. 

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There is no word whether she will return via a guest appearance to close up the story, but it does seem like the type of story that can be resolved in a matter of scenes. 

For what it's worth, we really enjoyed the character of Alex, but she was a little underdeveloped. We would have liked a little more insight into her life. 

As always, Esposito turned in a solid performance and is tapped to stay in business with CBS, with a recurring role on Showtime's The Affair.

It has also been announced that Esposito has booked a co-starring role with John Travolta on Speed Kills. 

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NCIS Season 14 was a transitional one for the series in the wake of Michael Weatherly departing to take on the lead role on Bull. 

Fans were not entirely impressed with the new batch of episodes, so there could be a shuffle going on behind the scenes to change things up for the series.

The show also took a hit in the ratings, slipping over 20 percent to 14.6 million viewers and a 1.7 rating vs Season 13.

Even with decreased ratings, it continued to be the highest rated drama for CBS. 

Over to you, NCIS Fanatics. What do you think of this news? 

Will you continue to watch?

Sound off below!

Note: NCIS Season 15 debuts September 26 on CBS. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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