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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.

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“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.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Just a thought, but maybe-key word maybe-they're just saying that Cote won't return, but in reality, she is returning, but the producers are trying to keep it a secret.

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The right thing would be for her to go to jail for her crimes but they should NOT leave the door open for her they must cut ALL ties to her character

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Realmente Espero CBS, no cometa otro error al matar a Ziva . Por mi parte seria feliz, si Tony tubiera recuerdos de ella, en algunos capitulos de la temporada, saber que paso con su relacion, ver minimo un besito, y si tiene que tener un fin esa relacion, que sea digno despues de tantos años de espera. Asi darian a los fanaticos un justo premio tantos años de lealtad a NCIS. @ JANNET, Dios te oiga¡ y regrese Ziva.

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I think she goes to work for her friend and mentor Monique Lisson.

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they are not going to kill ziva off so the door will be open if she ever comes back,and ive a feeling she will.

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well that's it. they will kill Ziva's character... it's the trend when a character will go out the show the writers tend to kill them... After they slaughtered her character from being mossad to being stupid that's the best way her character will go... they make her the best then turned her to be the worst character ever... there are so many ways they can maximized her character instead they slowly sink her into the abyss... not a fan of Tiva but a fan of the show but the last two season is wow devastating...they haven't explored Ziva's ways as a mossad like some mistakes that she had or a failed mission that hunts her back... they try their best (the writers i mean) to put tony and her together to the point that it took 7 seasons to go there and at the end is still not is so frustrating and oh so not realistic (never in the farthest imagination )... The show bones had surely make it more better when it comes to the love story... and no other memeber of the team have a normal relationship... why should everybody suffer... so frustrating... and lastly, the character that occupy that space always leave the show... that the table of ziva is the same table that cate had is so jinx...

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Michael nobody can take you seriously with the lies you write.

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I cant take any Tiva fan seriously not after what they done to NCIS

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@Michael fans shoud realize that Michael makes things up so don't take his comments seriously.

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has the creators of this show really lost their minds? the cast is perfect. why do you want to get rid of the best actors?