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NCIS: Los Angeles season 12 finale sees two major characters leave

Stars Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith have left (Photo: CBS)

The NCIS: Los Angeles season 12 finale had plenty of shocks – including a farewell to two stars.

Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith – who have played Eric Beale and Nell Jones respectively on the long-running action drama – have officially made their exits.

In the finale, it was revealed intelligence analyst Nell will be going with former tech operator Eric to Tokyo, where he’ll be expanding Kaleidoscope.

Smith’s character wasn’t sure what to do, particularly after the returning Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) previously offering her the Operations Manager role.

‘I was so young when I took this job. I didn’t know anyone in LA and then I met the team,’ she said. ‘This place, these people, they’re part of my life now, my entire adult life.’

Ultimately, she decided Eric’s offer was too good to turn down.

Two major characters leave NCIS after finale CBS

They have both been part of the cast for a long time (Picture: CBS)

Smith has been around since season two, while Foa has been part of the cast since the very beginning.

It’s tough for fans to said goodbye, but NCIS: LA showrunner R. Scott Gemmill explained it was down to the actors wanting to chase other projects.

He told TV Line: ‘Both Renee and Barrett have been on the show a long time, and they’re both very ambitious individuals who have projects that they want to do on their own — and we’ve been giving them time off to do so.

‘It seemed like a natural time to let them go off and do some other things, and give [their characters] what is a happy, hopefully, ending.’

However, the team have deliberately left the door open for either character to return in the future, and Gemmill won’t rule out the possibility.

He added: ‘There’s a little loophole in there, when Nell says she’s going to be alone in Tokyo with Eric, and she gives it “six weeks” before she’s back. So, we’ll see what happens.’

Seasons four to 12 of NCIS: Los Angeles are available on Sky in the UK.

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