CBS President on Cote de Pablo Leaving NCIS: We REALLY Tried...

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NCIS fans are still coming to grips with the news:

Cote de Pablo is leaving the series. She will appear on the Season 11 premiere to tie up Ziva's storyline and then go her own way.

And at today's CBS presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, network President Les Moonves made it clear: money was definitely NOT the issue.

Ziva in 'Chasing Ghosts'

"We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money" Moonves said. "And then we offered her even more money... We really didn’t want to lose her, we love her. We think she’s terrific... Ultimately she decided she didn’t want to do the show. It was her decision... We don’t like losing anybody. We did everything humanly possible [and] exhausted every possibility.”

So there you have it, readers.

Opposite new competition in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Originals, NCIS Season 11 kicks off on Tuesday, September 24. It's unknown at this time how Ziva will be written out.

But bring some Kleenex.

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Cote de Pablo - Ziva will be truly missed! We all love her!

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This is getting more like Jorja Fox on CSI back in 2007 every day. But I do not know if Cote de Pablo will have the good grace to help the show out when it needs her that Fox had but basically the lass wants a break to do other things or whatever. An appearance on CSI maybe? I remain loyal to CSI because of what Jorja Fox did although it is a fundamentally different show with a sprinkle of old faces. As for NCIS that remains to be seen. I do except that all the characters in these shows are fictional and except them as just that.However I will miss Ziva and thank COte de Pablo for her and we have decide to watch NCIS reruns.

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