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After 11 seasons on
NCIS: LA, Renee Felice Smith said goodbye to the CBS procedural on Sunday's finale, which also marked co-star Barrett Foa's final episode.
All episode long, Smith's Nell grappled with the idea of permanently taking over Hetty's position as operations manager, a job she's unofficially held for much of the season. And when it came time to make a final decision about her future at NCIS, she chose to take a risk: Relocate to Tokyo with Foa's Eric and head up a new office there.
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The offer came in the finale as Retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) told her she had to either take Hettyâs position permanently or resign. She chose the latter. (Eric has only held a consulting position with NCIS this season.)
âThe door always remains open for Nell at NCIS, but it may be time for her to be pushed out of the nest a bit and see where this new opportunity takes her,â Smith tells TV Insider. âWeâll just have to wait and see with this new chapter. Nell is like a lot of us. Sheâs a smart girl and she chose stability for a good long time because it was the smart choice. it was the safe choice. Â Although she will always be committed to her team, which has essentially become her family, I think she needs to put herself first when it comes to this sort of decision and I commend her for [it].â