'NCIS' season finale to address Ralph Waite's death

NCIS has plans to address the passing of TV legend and recurring cast member Ralph Waite, who died earlier this month at 85.

CBS confirmed Monday that executive producer Gary Glasberg and the writers will honor the memory of Waite — and his character Jackson Gibbs — in this year’s season finale, airing in May.

Waite, best known for his role as John Walton on The Waltons, passed away Feb. 13.

A guest appearance on NCIS in November was among the last TV appearances he made. He had recurred on the show since 2008, playing the father of Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Shortly after Waite’s passing, the cast and crew released a joint statement calling Waite “a tremendous talent and a very special man.”


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