Michael Weatherly appeared October 31 on a pre-taped Halloween airing of CBS's 'The Talk', and discussed his feelings about Cote de Pablo's recent departure from hit series NCIS among other topics - all while wearing a crocodile costume.
The Halloween theme on 'The Talk' this year was Peter Pan, and Weatherly was introduced in full costume as The Croc, complete with a Flava Flav style clock around his neck.
The NCIS actor/director, who plays Special Agent Tony DiNozzo, was asked about the filming of de Pablo's farewell episode 'Past, Present, Future' where DiNozzo says goodbye to his love interest Ziva David.
Weatherly and de Pablo didn't have to try too hard to bring the tears to the surface during the filming, as they had become good friends over the 8 years they worked together. The episode was emotional to film, and Weatherly visibly choked up at one point when asked about the experience.
"There were some tears...I get a little emotional talking about it. She's...you know, she's my buddy. I'm just going to put the sunglasses back on, hide my emotions." - Michael Weatherly on Cote de Pablo's departure.
Weatherly also talked about the song he recorded for the NCIS Benchmark Soundtrack, 'Under the Sun.' Weatherly remarked that the song 'kinda became about that' - referring to de Pablo's exit. Although there has been no formal reason given for the actress's departure, contract negotiations broke down between de Pablo and CBS, after which the actress elected to leave the show. The NCIS producers have not replaced Cote de Pablo, choosing instead to bring in different guest stars after writing her out of the show in the second episode of season 11.
There were other great moments with Weatherly: the proud dad provided a picture of his daughter Olivia, 18 months, wearing a ladybug costume for Halloween; spoke about his own Peter Pan misadventure with his brother, and threw in a Jack Nicholson impression at the start of the chat with the hosts.
Since the holiday edition of The Talk was pre-taped, there were no references to Weatherly's newborn son Liam, who arrived on "NCIS Tuesday" Oct. 29. Liam and Olivia are Weatherly's children with wife Bojana Jankovic, a doctor of internal medicine. Weatherly has a 17 year old son, August, from first marriage to Young & the Restless actress Amelia Heinle.
There is another video available with more Peter Pan hijinks on set with Michael Weatherly and the hosts of The Talk. We welcome comments below.
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