After 15 incredible seasons, it was time to say goodbye to Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto on NCIS on the Tuesday, May 8 episode of the long-running series and it was an emotional goodbye for Perrette as well.
Following her exit and saying goodbyes as Abby on the show, Perrette shared a very personal video message on the NCIS social media pages to address all of her loyal and passionate fans who have been with her since 2003.
“I hope that the fans will remember everything that Abby has taught all of us over the course of this entire run,” the 49-year-old said. “I have learned from my fans just such an incredible love and support. Abby fans are incredible, they really are the best. I can’t imagine a fan group being any better than that.”
She continued, “They really make me smile. My fans are funny and they’re smart and they’re kind and they’re caring and they’ve been so supportive. Not only of Abby, on the show, but of me, of Pauley. I love them. I’m proud of the group of fans that Abby has attracted because it’s a pretty amazing group of people.”
To conclude the video, Perrette talked to her fans directly: “To all the fans around the world, I want to tell you, with all of my heart, how much I love you guys. How grateful I am, for all of your support of both Abby and me over all of these years. And just to remember, with me, everything that Abby’s given to us. And everything she’s taught us. I cannot thank you enough. I am so blessed to have fans like you and it means everything to me. Thank you.”
After 15 years and 15 seasons, Perrette is the first person to recognize that Abby Sciuto is so much more than a fictional character to fans, and in honor of the influence her character has had, the actress created two different scholarships for women who want to be like Abby in real-life and pursue a career in math and science.
“Abby is not just a TV character for people,” she said. “These young girls have modeled their entire lives off of her. It’s like Abby has raised a couple of generations of young girls and has inspired this international phenomenon of young women going into math and science and STEM programs because she made it accessible, cool, attainable and fun.”
She added: “It’s a scholarship that is going to make Abby live forever in the real lives of these young people that find out about this.”