Weatherly had been optimistic about re-signing with the show, telling Fancast that within the ‘M*A*S*H’ pantheon of things, he likened ‘NCIS’ Tony to Loretta Swit’s long-running, never-replaced character. “You know who I am? Hot Lips Hoolihan,” he said.
Entering into the summer hiatus, Weatherly was one of four series regulars who had new contracts to negotiate, lest they not RSVP for Season 8. Now that he, Pauley Perrette (Abby) and David McCallum (Ducky) have hammered out new deals, all eyes are now on Sean Murray (who plays McGee).