“When Pauley [Perrette] announced her decision to leave the show, Mark [Harmon] was upset because he felt as if it was his fault,” a source told Radar. “Pauley made it extremely difficult for him to do anything about it.”
The insider explained how Harmon, 66, made a “last attempt to reconcile” before filming Perrette’s final episode, which aired on Tuesday, May 8.
“Pauley was having none of it,” the source claimed. “She even completely ignored him any time he tried to make amends.”
Her refusal to end their feud “upset” Harmon.
“He was really trying his best to do what was right, if not for their 15 years of friendship but for the integrity of their characters,” the source said. “Unfortunately, Pauley was too unprofessional to be able to put her opinions aside for the sake of her fans.”
As Radar exclusively reported, Perrette, 49, began feuding with Harmon when he brought his rescue dog Dave to work after he bit a crew member on the set in October 2016. The victim was left with a gash that took 16 stitches to close.
“Mark was obviously horrified and made sure that Dave went through re-training and was frequently checked by his vet,” the source told Radar. “Despite this, Mark made the decision to not bring Dave back to the set.”
But when Harmon was forced to bring his pooch to work because no one could watch him during an 18 to 19-hour shoot, cast and crew were fine with it.
But Perrette, 49, was allegedly “furious” and “refused to listen to him” when he tried to explain the situation.
“After that Pauley just lost it and starting shouting at Mark,” the insider claimed. “She said that he should never have adopted a pitbull in the first place.”
The insider claimed she began to act like “a bit of a diva on set from that point on.”
“She refused to shoot scenes with Mark and she refused to sit on the same side of the table as him at table reads,” the insider alleged. “She even completely ignored him any time he tried to make amends.”