Former "NCIS" Star Sasha Alexander Reveals She Left The Show Because Of Its Crazy Demands

Date October 10, 2019 17:03

Remember that awful moment when Special Agent Kate Todd got killed off in NCIS’s second season? We still feel angry about saying goodbye to the beloved character so soon.

Sasha Alexander, the actress who played Kate Todd, was not fired or anything. She actually requested to leave the show. But why she made such a drastic decision to quit?

Sasha finally explains the reason behind it

Sasha Alexander reveals she walked away from NCIS because she couldn’t bear the show’s crazy workload. Alexander said that the demands were simply too high, which became the main reason why she said goodbye to her character.

She explained:

People don't realize that on a network show, you make 24 episodes a year — that's 10.5 months a year, 17 hours a day.

However, the actress noted she has no regrets about her decision. She believes that if she stayed, she wouldn’t be ‘happily married with two kids’ doing the job she really likes.

The show’s creator Donald Bellisario talked about Alexander’s departure as well, saying:

Sasha came in [to my office] with tears in her eyes, she said, 'I just can't work this hard.’

Nonetheless, Alexander is happy for NCIS’s success and noted that she had a ‘wonderful time’ working on it.