Alexandra Quinn (played by Jennifer Esposito) quickly became a fan favourite among CBS viewers when she first appeared in NCIS. Introduced as new NCIS Special Agent following her departure from FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre), Alexandra quickly cemented her place in the Major Case Response Team alongside Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in every episode of season 14. However, she wasn’t seen in the cast beyond the season and actress Esposito has explained why.
Why did Jennifer Esposito really leave NCIS?
Speculation was rife when it was confirmed Esposito wouldn’t be back to play Alex in season 15.
With the character appearing as a series regular in all 24 season 14 episodes, NCIS viewers had become accustomed to seeing her on the drama.
Therefore, many were keen to find out why and a whole host of rumours started, including one that suggested Esposito was suffering from an illness.
However, the actress took to Twitter before season 15’s premiere to reveal exactly why she departed.
Since leaving NCIS, Esposito has gone on to achieve success elsewhere.
In 2019, Esposito landed a recurring role in Amazon Prime series The Boys.
Starring alongside Star Trek star Keith Urban and House of Cards’ Dominique McElligott, she played Susan Raynor.
NCIS season 17 continues on CBS every Tuesday.