Pauley Perrette confirms she’s leaving ‘NCIS’ after 15 seasons

It’s time to say goodbye to Abby Sciuto! NCIS star Pauley Perrette took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm that she’s exiting the hit CBS show after 15 seasons.

“So it is true that I am leaving NCIS… There have been all kinds of false rumors as to why (NO I DON’T HAVE A SKIN CARE LINE AND NO MY NETWORK AND SHOW ARE NOT MAD AT ME!),” she jokingly wrote. 

She went on to explain that the decision to leave has been in the works for a while.

“It was a decision made last year. I hope everyone will love and enjoy EVERYTHING ABBY not only for the rest of this season but for everything she has given all of us for 16 years,” she wrote. “All the love, all the laughter, all the inspiration… I love her as much as you do.”

See photos of Pauley Perrette on "NCIS":

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LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 3: 'Twofer' -- NCIS is called in to investigate when the body of a missing Navy Lieutenant who disappeared a year and a half ago is located by a cemetery grounds crew while they are relocating caskets on the property. Also, Gibbs and McGee must pass a psych evaluation with Doctor Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo) before officially resuming all work responsibilities, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 24: 'Pandora's Box, Part I' -- After Abby's homeland security think tank is compromised and she is found in possession of a real bomb, the NCIS team discovers the leader of the group has been murdered and a theoretical terror playbook has been stolen, on the first part of a special two-hour crossover event on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 14 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: 'Philly' -- When a missing MI6 Officer is linked to a murdered petty officer, Gibbs sends Quinn and Bishop to Philadelphia to work with MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry). Also, Quinn painfully recounts the NCIS case that made her leave field work, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette, Wilmer Valderrama. (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 11: 'Privileged Information' -- When the NCIS team investigates a marine sergeant's tragic fall from a building, her doctor, Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo), confides in Gibbs and suggests he treat it as a murder investigation. Also, Torres searches for a place to live, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 18: 'Family First' -- NCIS, FBI and MI6 continue an international manhunt for an escaped British spy who is targeting current and former agents, on the 13th season finale of NCIS, Tuesday, May 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Robert Wagner as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., Sarah Clarke as FBI Special Agent Tess Monroe and Duane Henry as MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves. Pictured: Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto, Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Emily Wickersham as Eleanor 'Ellie' Bishop, Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer, Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 20: 'Sister City: Part One' -- After the passengers and crew of a private plane traveling from New Orleans to Washington D.C. are lethally poisoned, all evidence points to the missing chef, Abby's brother, Luca (Tyler Ritter). Gibbs and the D.C. team work in conjunction with Pride and the New Orleans team to locate Luca and determine why a private tech company was targeted, on the first part of a special two-hour crossover event on NCIS, Tuesday, Jan. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Pauley Perrette and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 16: 'Decompressed' -- When a deep sea diver is murdered on the job, his body and suspected co-workers must remain in a high-tech decompression chamber for four days, leaving the NCIS team to complete an unorthodox investigation from outside the tank, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 7: 'Viral' -- When a petty officer's murder matches the M.O. of a local serial killer, the NCIS team must determine if this is the killer's latest victim or the work of a copycat, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette (Photo by Darren Michaels//CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 8: 'Lockdown' -- While visiting a pharmaceutical lab on a murder case, Abby (Pauley Perrette) is trapped with no communication to the outside world after armed men take over the building and hold everyone hostage, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 7: 'Semper Fortis' -- While the NCIS team investigates the cause of a hit and run accident that resulted in the death of a Petty Officer, Gibbs searches for a way to clear a Navy Hospital Corpsman, who has served two medical tours in Afghanistan, after she's indicted for illegally providing medical aid to the victims of the crash, even though the surviving victims swear by her life-saving techniques, on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 12: 'Homesick' -- After a mysterious illness strikes children from military families, Gibbs and the team investigate the cause. Meanwhile, Abby and Jimmy partner with the Naval Medical Research Center to determine the strain of illness, all in hopes of delivering a cure before the holidays, on NCIS, Tuesday, Dec. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 22: 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' -- An explosion at a D.C. event that results in a casualty connected to the agency changes Parsons-� (Colin Hanks, center) perspective on Gibbs (Mark Harmon, left) and the NCIS team, on the 11th season premiere of NCIS, Tuesday, September 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured: Pauley Perrette (right). (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 24: 'Damned If You Do' -- The international manhunt for Eli David and Jackie Vance's killer turns into a federal witch hunt against Gibbs and the team, which questions their unconventional methods and threatens their future at the agency, on the 10th season finale of NCIS, Tuesday, May 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 5: 'Gone' - As the NCIS team investigates a teenage girl's abduction, Ziva and Abby (Pauley Perrette ) work closely with her young friend who witnessed the kidnapping on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 23: 'Broken Arrow' -- Abby (Pauley Perrette) and the team is stunned when Gibbs, enlists the help of DiNozzo's father, Anthony DiNozzo Sr. to solve a case on 'NCIS,' Tuesday, November 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 28: 'Sins of the Father'-- After Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. (Robert Wagner, right) is found in a car with a dead body in the trunk and no memory of the previous night on NCIS, on the CBS Television Network. Pictured in a behind the scenes shot are Pauley Perrette and Robert Wagner. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 17: 'Tell-All' -- NCIS connects a message in blood left by a murdered Navy commander to a manuscript that may contain classified military information, on NCIS, Tuesday, March 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette. (Photo by Adam Rose/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 12: 'Moonlighting' -- When an NCIS polygraph specialist� night job takes a dangerous turn, McGee (Sean Murray, left) Abby (Pauley Perrette, center) and Agent Susan Grady (guest star Jackie Geary, right) have to uncover the truth, on NCIS, Tuesday Apr. 27 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 5: 'Moonlighting' -- When an NCIS polygraph specialist's night job takes a dangerous turn, Abby (Pauley Perrette) and the team have to uncover the truth, on NCIS, Tuesday Apr. 27 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 23: 'Random on Purpose' -- Eric Beal (Barrett Foa) and Abby (Pauley Perrette guest stars) on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, Nov. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.(Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
VALENCIA - SEPTEMBER 16: 'Outlaws and In-Laws' --When Gibbs' boat is found with two dead mercenaries on board, he, along with Abby (Pauley Perrette) and the team are forced to look at an old friend in a new light, on NCIS, Tuesday Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
American actress Pauley Perrette in a scene from the television crime drama series 'NCIS' (also known as 'Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service') entitled 'Mind Games,' Los Angeles, California, 2005. The episode, part of the series third season, was originally broadcast on October 4, 2005. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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MORE: 'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Opens Up About Being Stalked for 13 Years

Perrette opened up to ET’s Kevin Frazier in December 2016 of about the success of her hit procedural.

“Last year they had said that at any given moment, there’s 59 million people watching NCIS somewhere on the planet, so no, I can’t go anywhere [without being recognized],” she revealed.

At the time, she also opened up about her jarring 2015 attack from a homeless man, saying, “Physically I am fine. Emotionally, you know, that was a very traumatic event.”

See where Pauley Perrette ranks on Forbes' list of highest-paid actresses 2017:

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#1 -- For the sixth year in a row, Sofia Vergara is the world's highest-paid TV actress, taking home $41.5 million before taxes and fees. A quarter of her income came from 'Modern Family'; the rest came from licensing and endorsement deals, movie roles, speaking engagements, and so on.
#2 -- Kaley Cuoco, while $15 million below Sofia Vergara, is still sitting pretty at second place with $26 million this year.
#3 -- Ellen Pompeo of 'Grey's Anatomy' is #3 along with Mindy Kaling, as both women took home $13 million. Nearly all of that money came from her 'Grey's' role. She has a particularly high per-episode fee.
#3 -- Tied with Ellen Pompeo for the #3 spot, Mindy Kaling is one of TV's wealthiest women with $13 million this year before taxes and fees. Her net worth will continue to rise as she takes on more film roles. She also snagged a seven-digit campaign for McDonald's.
#5 -- Mariska Hargitay, with $12.5 million, is certainly not stressing about paying the bills. Her hefty paycheck comes primarily from "Law & Order: SVU."
#6 - It's no surprise that another "Modern Family" lady is on the list! Julie Bowen makes the same amount as Sofia Vergara for the show, but she has fewer endorsement deals. She pulled in $12 million this year.
#7 -- Kerry Washington's starring role on "Scandal" makes her one of TV's highest paid women at $11 million in 2017.
#8 -- As if her striking beauty isn't enough, Priyanka Chopra is also the owner of a very healthy bank account with a $10 million check.
#9 -- Robin Wright pulled in a massive amount of money from "House of Cards," but her $9 million payday also comes from movie roles, including her spot in "Wonder Woman."
#10 - Pauley Perrette, who stars on "NCIS," rounds out the top 10 with $8.5 million made in 2017.
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