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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it was a guess that true out to be true they are bringin in a female agent that deal with cyber crimes


@ Michael Can you remember when you posted and you said they were bringing in a new female agent, was that just a guess? If not a guess where did you read that information.


Bring wendy back for Tony and bring in that lady from flashpoint as a new female agent


I wish CdP a happy life and career, but I am so glad that Ziva is going. Her overly melodramatic mary sue character has dominated the storylines and caused the marginalization of other more interesting characters for far too long. I wish they'd take a hiatus on the Vance and Gibbs dramas while they're at it.


Just a thought but what about using Kate's sister ????


Tori the only reason they got those 22 viewers was because it was after the Hoildays and nothing eles was on


And one more thing, how has it become only Ziva centric? There have been plenty of episodes about Tony, Mcgee, Gibbs, Abby, Leon, and Ducky. Tony and his father, Mcgee and his father, Gibbs and his father, Gibbs and Mike Franks, Abby and her brother, Leon and his family, and Ducky and his mother.


@Michael when you said: "NCIS need new blood Ziva was making the show unlikeable" how is that true at all!? With her being here, NCIS has become the #1 show, and they now have 22 million viewers.


Maybe now we can get team centric episodes 6 year of Ziva centric


@nando2k50 estoy desacuerdo contigo yo no volveré mirar ncis para mi término ya en la temporada 10 y no me importa más lo que pase con ziva

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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?