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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Richard Parsons is coming back for the season maybe instead of going after gibbs he go after Ziva and she go to jail that the only way I can see them getting rid of her beside doing the right thing and killing her off


Please do not kill Ziva off. I think there could be a couple of pathes that could be taken. One being they get involved and she leaves to prevent conflict while investigating cases or she returns to Israel for family issues.


I don't know what the status is on the threats? Cote dePablo would never support this type of action from her fan base. I'm an MW fan and would like to know the truth about these rumors. If anyone knows a reliable source of this story, please put it on this Round Table. Threatening anyone in any way is wrong.


@Michael don't blame all Tiva fans for what some crazy fan did, how do you know it's really hos facebook or a fake like others were fakes


Honestamente creo que Coté de Pablo se va por varios motivos, desde llevarse mal con algunos, el querer irse para hacer otras cosas y el no pago. Creo que habrá dicho para si misma pido lo que creo que merezco si no me lo pagan me voy y es una buena excusa para irse, aunque si bien creo que también querría quedarse si le pagaban lo que pedía pero puede que sea la temporada 12 la última como puede que no supiera tampoco si debería seguir 3 o 4 años más y por eso frenó en la temporada 10-11. Creo que debería volver no en esta, pero si en la temporada 12 o en la final aunque sonaría medio ridículo que la temporada final fuera dentro de 4 años y apareciera en el último capítulo. Espero que no la maten, pero quién sabe quizás ella crea que Ziva debe morir y los productores contentos de hacerlo.....


Sobre lo de las fans TIVA atacando por Twitter o Facebook a los demás actores del reparto supongo que puede ser verdad por que digamos locos hay en todos lados y fanáticos también-recuerden el significado de fanático en la religión-, pero caemos en lo mismo que se dice cuando alguién sale a matar y se acusa al cine de acción a ciertos músicos, salvo que desde ellos se incite nadie se puede hacer cargo de que un loco se tome las cosas así. Por lo que no es culpa de Coté de Pablo y ni un par de locos son todo el conjunto de fans TIVA por lo que no se puede acusar a tooodos los fans de TIVA.


Danelia Ruah could easily fill the Ziva David role


Its not according to Mike Muston facebook page Michael Weatherly had to leave his Vacation early because a Tiva fan ty to kill his child


Michael are you a TROLL? Just asking. :) I don't believe for one moment that Ziva fans are threatening other cast members. Who started this ridiculous rumor? lol


I don't know what Im more pissed about that the network cast and crew getting death threats by the Tiva fanbase or that cote is hiding like a coward and not telling her fanbase to stop

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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?