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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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Check in to see Diane Neal (Borin) and Muse Watson's (Frank) comments on Twitter. Diane, one of her best friends has been talking to Cotes and has passed on the Fans well wishes, support and concerns.
Diane finds her friend,
"..IS exceptional, thoughtful and truly deserves the affection you feel for her. She's a special gal".
Cotes has made the move in the best interest for us, the Fans,crew, or for some reason, or another :-( Cotes closest confidantes knows ONLY why this decision was truly made! ONE OF GIBB'S RULES - NEVER ASSUME !!

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I loved the Ziva character. Cote de Pablo should think this decision very carefully. I'm old enough to remember David Caruso after he left NYPD Blue.
The same thing could happen to her.

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Ms. de Pablo has made up her mind. The best way to respect her is to respect her decision and realize that we don't always get everything we want. I hope that Ziva makes a clean break so the Tony's character can finally move on. The writers have marginalized him for years by hog tying him to Ziva and her multiple dramas. What a waste. Michael Weatherly is so much fun to watch when he gets some good writing. For the last few seasons he's been relegated to team butt monkey and Ziva's purse. Free Tony!!!!

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The best closure here is as follows. With the leaving of NCIS, Ziva and Tony get together, as Gibbs doesn't like the teammate love thing, Ziva decides to take her life in a direction away from what she felt she HAD to do. She and Tony move in together. Then she is not featured in each episode just occasionally, as a ncis cast gather at theirs for those occasional moments like the Xmas film tradition etc. Then maybe she helps a case by getting a contact she has to help Gibbs etc. Finally, Tony and Ziva set a date for marriage, maybe they have a kid first. On the day though, she is killed by a sniper, it turns out it was the children of the person Gibbs killed. That sets up a great dynamic for tony/Gibbs in blame, in having the parallel as tony begins to become more like Gibbs. Also the hunt for the killers. And would wrap the story, giving time for Ziva to come back if cote changed her mind. If not full closure great opportunity for future story.

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Does anyone else feel that CBS is throwing Cote under the bus? Really you needed to go there?

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What?! No tony and ziva relationship?! At least let them date and gibbs finds out or something >:O

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Is there anyway that Cote will remain on the show? They all could have a change of heart. Any thoughts?

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Love Ziva she's hate and FIERCE, she will change NCIS for me,
this makes me recall the old ELLEN show I watched tv on Wenesday because
she was on. I hope this will allow more doors to open for this outstanding
Americann girl,It truely has been a pleasure having her in our home
every Tueseday night.

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If cote is no longer under contract, does that mean she is making less money than Palmer.

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Michael, I think you are getting Cote de Pable confused with Lisa Edelstein.