After seven seasons, NCIS: New Orleans, which first premiered back in 2014, was canceled in 2021. This was a huge blow for the many fans, as well as the cast who had been working together for many years.
One of the greatest stars of the show was actor Scott Bakula, who felt nostalgic. Following the cancellation, Bakuta said, “Sad to end our love affair with this phenomenal city but so grateful for all the friends we made along the way. I will miss the music. Big thank you to CBS for seven years.”
According to Newsweek, the reasons behind the cut was low ratings.
Besides being part of this show, Bakula has also landed roles which are considered iconic, such as that of Dr. Samuel Beckett on the NBC sci-fi show Quantum Leap. The show let the character live through other people by “walking in another man or woman’s shoes,” after the scientist had an experiment in time travel go wrong and he was stuck randomly “leaping” into the bodies of strangers. The people used Beckett’s body to fix different historical wrongs.
When he was starting his career back in the day, Bakula didn’t see himself as part of Hollywood as it was theater that has always been a dream of his. When he pursued that type of career he was just 22 and just seven years later, he found himself playing the role of Joe DiMaggio in Marilyn: An American Fable. Other productions he was part of are Three Guys Naked From The Waist Down, Nightclub Confidential, Romance/Romance, and a lot more.
Yet, the role of Samuel Beckett in Quantum Leap is considered by many one of his most memorable ones.
As news of a reboot of the series spread around, many of Bakula’s fans were eager to see their favorite actor re-do the famous role, but to their devastation, Bakula said he won’t be returning to the series. He, however, gave the reboot his full blessing, saying, “I am crossing my fingers that this new cast and crew are lucky enough to tap into the magic that propelled the original Quantum Leap into the hearts and minds of generations past and present.” Bakula continued, “I wish them good luck and happy leaping!”
When it comes to his private life, he tends to keep it exactly that; private. He rarely speaks of himself and doesn’t share many things. “People Magazine wanted to interview me at my house for a hundred million years,” he said while promoting “NCIS: New Orleans” in 2016. “Where do you draw the line?”
Bakula has been married twice in his life. His first marriage, to Krista Neumann, who is best known for her role in the 1982 film Silver Spoons, seemed picture-perfect so when the two divorced in 1995, many were left surprised. The reason why was probably the fact that he spent plenty of time away from home because of work commitment.
In 2009, Bakuta married his second wife, Chelsea Field. The are still together.
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