The real reason Maria Bello left NCIS - and what she's up to now

Fans of NCIS were saddened by the departure of forensic psychologist Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane, played by Maria Bello, in season 18. Bello decided not to renew her contract after three years on the show. She shared a heartfelt statement on Instagram, expressing her gratitude to the cast and fans of the show. Bello has since moved on to other projects, including a role in The Water Man and a starring role in Netflix's Beef, which earned her a Primetime Emmy nomination. Her exit from NCIS was reportedly influenced by her partner's cancer battle. Bello did return for the first seven episodes of season 18 to give Sloane a proper ending.