NCIS Shocker: Cote de Pablo to Depart Series

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The first bombshell of NCIS Season 11 has taken place months before the season premiere:

Cote de Pablo announced today that she will depart the highest-rated show on television this fall.

Pretty Ziva

“I’ve had 8 great years with NCIS and Ziva David," the actress said in a statement.

"I have huge respect and affection for Mark, Gary, Michael, David, Rocky, Pauley, Brian, Sean, all of the team and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva’s story.”

de Pablo's contract ran out at the conclusion of Season 10, but she will appear in the September 24 opener (titled "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot") in order to wrap up her character's story.

“We respect Cote’s decision, thank her for being an important part of the NCIS team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David," said CBS in a statement.

"Cote and CBS share a great respect for the NCIS audience, and we look forward to working with her and the producers on appropriate closure in this chapter of Ziva’s story.”

The actress joined NCIS in Season 3, following the exit of Sasha Alexander. She will be greatly missed by TV Fanatic and fans everywhere.

Production on Season 11 will soon get underway.

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Sorry the show needs her she was a huge asset to the show she was why our family watched, they should pay all the key people the same amount!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what is there reasoning that the men get paid more a bunch of crap my bet is the shows rating go down hill fast, nobody can take her place wake up cbs


You write very well!


The show Will not be the same.....


please please keep zeva she helps make the show everyone loves her she is strong when she has to be and very kind she is and tony and all the cast members we all love them Arkansas will miss them grately but Zeva will come back soon please


no quiero un romance entre Tony y Ziva de dos episodios de 35 minutos cada uno, no quiero que se amen, ni se casen ni tengan hijos. Solo quiero una partida digna de Ziva David del NCIS al cual considero su familia por 8 años y no la muerte para ella. Agradecer a la Cote por haber satisfecho a su fans durante su estadio en la serie 1 de los Estados Unidos.


@barrymead If you're talking about Pedro Hernandez, they already did a story line with his children at the end of Season 7 and the start of Season 8. One is dead and the other is in jail.


Who's Paul?


according to what paul has said it sound like she quitting everything and going home


I'm disappointed Ziva is leaving and I will miss her. After her departure, maybe other cast members can get feature stories (example: Michael Weatherly).


You can't compare the two. David Caruso left after one year on NYPD Blue to be a big movie star because he got too full of himself. We have no confirmation that Cote expects to be a huge movie star. For all we know, she just wants to sing in little clubs. We'll probably never know the truth.

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NCIS Season 11 Episode 1 Quotes

I'm positive that NCIS is being set up. Sending you out here was not about Lieutenant McBride. It was about separating you from your team.


Tobias: Hard to know who to trust anymore.
Gibbs: Has it ever been easy, Tobias?