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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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I am really,really upset that ziva is leaving.I have watched the show since the beginning and you people will be sorry! Don't you know we are all waiting for Tony n ziva to get together! Do you have air in your heads? I do like Mark Harmon he can put his shoes under my bed any time, but the excitement of Tony n ziva keeps us glued to the tv. Please,please reconsider your decision?Or you may all be looking for a job! Signed Sissy Hill

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@Michael "why can't you just accpted that I know things that are true just make you look childish?" When you accept you need professional help... In other words... NEVER!!!

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@All NCIS fans. I'm sorry that Cote dePablo is leaving, but other stars have left shows before, including NCIS. This definitely does not give any NCIS fans an opportunity to threaten other cast members. We enjoyed the idea of Tiva when it was there, but time moves on.

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I love this show and all its characters,but I have noticed that after so many leave the show starts to take a down turn. I hope this is not the case here ie; er. See what happened to that? and also I would like to see some of the characters on talk shows-kind of see the human side of them,but none the less I am a huge fan and love the show!!!! rock on NCIS

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Well considerng they all escape for Cote sign one year contacts for season 11 and 12 I am pretty sure they know like all the smart fan know that season 12 is the last one

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As much as this series could have continued successfully for a while longer, I fear this is the downfall for the series. It's a shame to see her go.

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Also How Immature are the Tiva shipper on Twitter because of their nasty attuide about this Michael Weatherly had to end his Vacation with his family because he was getting death threat from the Tiva shipper

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@Guest again why can't you just accpted that I know things that are true just make you look childish

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Sorry i Meant to say i also read that she wanted 225,000

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@guest that what I read well that she wanted 250,000 and they only wanted to give her 200,000