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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And this is one more reason NOT to see the show... How many years building Tiva to end like this? Specially after a full season of Ziva centric episodes... Honest thru I am just happy that I did stop watching the show after 10.23...


I'm I the only one that find it funny she wanted to sign a five year contact I guess no one told her season 12 is it


So we've all waited patiently for years, trusting the producers, all safe in the knowledge that Tiva would happen one day...and now this happens!?!?!?! :(


Michael is it possible for you to lay-low and not be an A&&. It is clear that you never liked Ziva but really do you need to stick it to the people who are shocked with her departure. For the record...I know its your right to post or not so how about the "NOT" just for a while or at least not go into your happy dance. Just saying. meant with only a little disrespect.


Well hopefully they get a good replacement again it's hard to get use to someone and they just up and leave and I wo7uldn't put it past C B S to cheap out but maybe they didn't


I do believe that it is CBS who is at fault. NO actor goes this long in trying to work out a contract. I believe she worked all summer trying to come to terms. She (as well as co-stars, producers) all said that she would probably be back. She has even said that she would like to "go to the end with the series". She could of changed her mind, but I really do think it is CBS and how they treat their female actors. She puts in the same amount of time and work and should get the same amount of pay, IMO.


Just read something on Twitter that it was her choice that she is leaving NCIS, CBS offered her the world, but she wanted to do new things and to have more personal time, but still it does not make it any easier knowing she was leaving the show.


Could someone tell me please if Cote is leaving because it's her idea, or did they not offer her any contract at all, or if she is leaving because they didn't offer her enough? I read that some think she wasn't offered a contract. That makes no sense with what I believed before this happened. I truly believed they had killed her off in that second from the last episode, as I shared here. But now I'm confused. I don't want her to leave, it's a good job for her, I cannot believe that she wanted out!!!!! Please clarify, somebody! Sure, change might help the show, but losing her makes no sense!!!!!!! Elizabeth


I hate to see Cote/Ziva go. But as long as they don't kill her we'll be fine. Because seriously every time someone wants to leave the solution is not 'KILL THEM'. She will be missed. I will continue to watch NCIS but it still wouldn't be the same...


OMG no more TONY and ZIVA!!!! WTH NCIS you cant make us love them and make them so close and then just rip them apart. God damn it

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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?