Why Did Linda Hunt Leave NCIS: LA?

As of September 2015, Linda Hunt is still part of the cast of "NCIS: Los Angeles." She returned for the series' seventh season, which premiered Sept. 21, 2015. Hunt plays Special Operations Team Supervisor Henrietta “Hetty” Lange.

Like many dramatic television series, "NCIS: Los Angeles" season finales often involve cliffhangers that leave the return of one or more characters in doubt. For example, season three ended with Hunt's character resigning as head of the Special Operations Team, only to return to her position in season four. Her character also appeared to leave at the end of the fifth season but returned for season six.

Hunt has won Teen Choice Actress – Action awards in 2010 and in 2012 for playing Hetty on "NCIS: Los Angeles." She also won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in1984 for her role as Billy Kwan in “The Year of Living Dangerously."