Pauley Perrette said goodbye to her temporary goth tattoos when she left her fifteen-year gig on NCIS this year, but one thing she did take with her before her final episode aired last week were the memories of “multiple physical assaults.” Pauley cryptically claimed on Twitter that she left the show because of the assaults that “he did.” She never said who he was, or who was trying to keep her from telling the truth. CBS has clearly spent the past few days enhance-enhance-enhancing Pauley’s allegations, and they’ve got something to say about them.
One of Pauley’s Twitter allegations involved a tabloid rumor about why she left the show. The rumor was that she and co-star Mark Harmon were fighting like cats and dogs over…well, a dog (Mark’s pitbull Dave). I was half expecting CBS’ statement to repurpose some TV legalese with a “no dogs were harmed in the making of this show, and no one on the show got harmed by a dog.” CBS was vague but did acknowledge that something happened. via People:
“Pauley Perrette had a terrific run on NCIS and we are all going to miss her. Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.”
Pauley responded to CBS’s statement by thanking them for their support.
I want to thank my studio and network CBS They have always been so good to me and always had my back.
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) May 16, 2018
We still have no idea what happened on set. CBS says there was a “workplace concern,” Pauley claimed there were multiple physical assaults. If we want the truth, it sounds like we’re going to have to wait until Pauley releases her memoirs (suggested title: Light Heart, Heavy Bangs). Or she could just get drunk one night and tweet the truth. I just really want to know what Pauley’s workplace concern was. My theory: she was concerned that there was a dangerous gas leak or a lack of oxygen in the studio that houses The Big Bang Theory. Really, what else could be responsible for the studio audience to laugh at the jokes like they do?