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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How can she stay,? he character has broken so many laws kill too many people for her to keep her job and let be honest her acting has gone down hill ever since the tiva shipper made her their god, For the last 3 years she never said anything nice about the show or any of the characters all she ever care about was sex and seeing herself naked which is basically what the tiva shipper want.


If NCIS was to be a CHARACTER DRIVEN SHOW, why did they leave a trail of breadcrumbs, of quotes, S7 Truth or Consequences " Could not live without you, I guess ", " S6 Aliyah(Ziva) -You risked your career for what,....(Dinozzo) - For you! " Housekeeping DVD Commentary between Weatherly and Cote, etc. CBS Website Insider Blogs (Producer/Writers Episode wrap) !!


The loss of Cote de Pablo was initiated (I thought) by the salary dispute she encountered w/CBS and the producers about Michael Weatherly & her getting different $ (she was getting 50K less…?)…
This show will absolutely suck w/out the sexual tension of the sultry Ziva Davide vs. the nerdy Abby and the then the rest of the testosterone-filled performances.
Please don't go Cote!


Like I say the REAL fans are those who love the WHOLE SHOW not one overrated mary sue character


I like everyone on NCIS all the characters belong on the show yes they all have there faults but Ziva, Tony, McGee, Ducky, Abby, Palmer, Vance and of course Gibbs make this Show what it is in season 10. I will keep watching after Ziva leaves even if it won't be the same with out her. It worked on svu whe Stabler left if that can survive Without Stabler I hope NCIS also can.


@Michael The key word in that sentence was MAYBE.


@Carol It's on the internet and CBS has said that she will return to do 7 Episodes before she leaves, unless it's all changed again, as for me watching NCIS I won't be watching this show after Cote/Ziva leaves, sorry but Gibbs has been getting on my nerves for a long time he is such an arrogant man, and DiNozzo can't say anymore about him apart from it's about time he started acting his age.


@del-boy First of all, it seems no one reads the article above the Round Table. In it it states that Cote de Pablo will be there for the Season Opener on September 24th. This will wrap up her time on NCIS. Secondly, are you really an NCIS fan? Your comments on the other characters are hurtful, negative and disloyal. Let's remember Cote de Pablo entered the 3rd Season. She will be missed, however the other team members are important and should not be described in this manner. If you don't like the other members, then perhaps you shouldn't watch NCIS after Cote de Pablo leaves.


Cote is returning for 7 episodes to finish of Ziva's story line. @Michael
Stop being a child, Cote/Ziva is the best thing about NCIS, when she goes what are we left with 3 main characters, 1 Grumpy old arrogant man, 2 A boring young man, 3 A middle aged man who likes acting like a child, then there is the three bit part Characters Ducky he is ok, Jimmy he is ok also, then there is Abby a child trapped in a woman's body. I won't be bothered what happens to the show after Cote leaves because I won't be watching any more, plenty of good shows to watch.


@PatrickC Sorry she gone they start writting and filming the new season July 6th she will stay I believe for the first half of the season and then na na na hey hey hey Goodbye :)

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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?