The real reason Sasha Alexander left NCIS
Sasha Alexander (Caitlin “Kate” Todd) was a member of the original cast of NCIS, along with Mark Harmon. She was introduced as Special Agent Kate Todd in the first season of the show. However, after two seasons and 49 episodes, the actress announced her departure from the show. In this article, we’re going to take a deeper look into why Sasha decided to leave NCIS.
Why did Sasha Alexander leave NCIS?
Sasha died in the Season 2 finale after her character Kate Todd was shot to death by Mossad agent Ari Haswari.
When asked if she regrets leaving NCIS, she said, “I truly believe that if I hadn’t left, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. I’m happily married, with two kids, and I’m doing all the creative things that I want to do. I didn’t want to wake up and go in my 40s and say, ‘Oh, my God!’ But people don’t get it.”
In 2007, Sasha married director Edoardo Ponti, the son of Hollywood legends Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti. Following their wedding in Geneva, the couple welcomed a daughter, Lucia Sofia Ponti in 2006, and a son, Leonardo Fortunato Ponti, in 2010.
Sasha isn't the only NCIS star to speak about the show's intense filming schedule. During a 2017 appearance on The Talk, Mark Harmon explained that the "first day [of filming] was 21 hours." However, the Leroy Gibbs actor clarified that it had since become less grueling: "We've maneuvered the show over the years to make it much more specific, and I think we've gotten better with that," he explained. Mark left the series in 2021.