It's just one of those timeless imponderables: Why do "NCIS" fans hate Jamie Lee Curtis so much?
Now that CBS has announced that Cote de Pablo is leaving the No. 1-rated crime drama after a popular eight-season run, the show's rabid fan base has a message for the producers: We don't need no stinking Curtis.
The former "True Lies" star and current Activia yogurt spokeswoman set ratings ablaze a couple seasons back when she turned up as a love interest for Gibbs (Mark Harmon). In fact, the producers were so pleased with the numbers that they stretched her two-episode run for more outings. But the die-hards took umbrage, and now they're worried CBS will wheel her back in to goose viewership again for Season 11.
"As for the stupidity of those speculating that Jamie 'Poop' Lee Curtis should take [de Pablo's] place, that would be the stake in the heart of this show," one typical commenter wrote Wednesday on Show Tracker.
Another critic cut to the chase, all in caps: "PLEASE NO JAMIE LEE CURTIS."
What's so bad about Curtis? According to her many detractors, it all boils down to chemistry. As in, she didn't have any with Harmon.
As a longtime "NCIS" watcher explained on tvfanatic.com: "Gibbs is supposed to be able to 'read' people, and to know whether they are trustworthy. Ryan is one of the *least* trustworthy characters this show has ever had. There is no reason why Gibbs would allow himself to get close to someone like her."
The haters aren't just being paranoid. Curtis herself said she'd "obviously love to" be a regular on the show if the writers could work it all out.
Ruh roh. Looks like it might be time for a fan boycott.
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