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Mark Harmon on Cote de Pablo Exit: It's Our Job to Stay #1

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Mark Harmon commented on Cote de Pablo's exit from NCIS last night, and said it's his job - and the show's - to stay on top regardless of changes and challenges that are thrown its way.

Harmon said on Thursday night’s Arsenio Hall Show, “We’ve had a lot of changes, and we’ve managed to get better with the changes both in front of the camera and behind the camera."

“We have another change this year, with Cote leaving,” he added, “and it’s up to this highly professional group to use that as a springboard, to improve and stay No. 1 [in total viewers].”

Gibbs and Ziva on the Case

Just this week, NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg shared an open letter to fans regarding the issue, reiterating his shock in de Pablo’s decision to leave yet promising "amazing resolution."

He promises a "pretty damn heart-wrenching" storyline from a show that's had its fair share of them, and tells the NCIS faithful to "prepare yourselves for a moment in television history"

"Images that will end up in the archives,” Glasberg wrote. “I couldn’t be happier with how my NCIS family stepped up and did some of the most emotional work we’ve ever done.”

A bold statement, to be sure, but regardless of how you feel about Ziva leaving, does anyone doubt that he'll back that up when NCIS Season 11 kicks off in less than two weeks?

How do you think Ziva could/should be written off? Discuss below ...

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The ratings might be the highest yet for the season première.

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Change is good. It's fun, shiny and new!The cast needed a shakeup. It will keep the writers on their toes. It will spark controversy and conversation. Crappy actors and good actors will come and go.I'm stoked! Tiva be gone!

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@Erin> Are you commenting to me? Because if you are you are way off base. I never said anything about the media and fan frenzy being justified or logical or anything. I was just making a comment based on what I have seen on the internet;Hell, CBS is even promoting the premiere as "Ziva's Farewell Begins" or something like that. Clearly, you dislike Ziva and Ziva fans. We're not all "zealots" and I personally don't like being referred to as one, thank you very much.

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I mispoke when I said "the actress who preceded Kate." I meant the actress that preceded Ziva.

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Ya know I think the actress that preceded Kate and who now stars on a different crime drama ...well she did a fine job too and I, for one, missed her when she left...just as I will miss the actress who plays Ziva. But with the right casting, they can find someone who will fill her shoes snd carry on. It's really about the ensemble and the show itself...not only one actor...and I heard Pauly Perette is leaving as well...so....good bye Abby?

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agin all Tiva fans care about is them and everytime someone try to defend the show we are Told not to comment well im sorry but I am a free man and can comment on whatever I want. Just because you can't take the truth does not mean its not true

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I can just as easily say that those who devalue the importance of Ziva and Cote de Pablo will never admit that if the ratings go down it could possibly be connected to her leaving the show. This is just a ridiculous argument. Unless you can interview all 20 million viewers, we will never really know why the ratings go up or go down. This argument needs to be over with. Cote is leaving so you that dislike her should be happy. Why you continuously have to make comments on articles that are obviously about Cote de Pablo and the departure of Ziva is beyond me. If someone bothered me this much I certainly wouldn't be trolling fan pages that incited such anger in me. I tend to ignore those articles and read things that I find relevant, not things that tick me off and then make me go on pages and say things to make other people feel upset. Give it a rest. Geez!

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( belong together) . This show will go on hopefully stronger but, don't think that Ziva a main character is not going to be missed. The entire cast is superb but I wish they would not fill the desk and just leave it empty and have guest stars fill in. That would be interesting, and maybe Ziva could come in sometime to guest star. When this show does end I am hoping that she comes back and tells Tony she loves him. Maybe have his baby lol. You never know. I do know they built a relationship beyond friendship that runs deep, everyone knows that and that's why we have all this hoppla. I wish the entire cast the best and Gibbs rule is#1! As for the Deeks an Kensi romance on Ncis LA, why is that romance more important than Tony an Ziva? My advice to that is don't get to attached because one of them could leave or be killed for ratings! Good luck to my #1 show NCIS and please don't throw Tony into a relationship. Its Gibbs show and I would like to see more of him now!!!!

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@Erin ( belong together) . This show will go on hopefully stronger but, don't think that Ziva a main character is not going to be missed. The entire cast is superb but I wish they would not fill the desk and just leave it empty and have guest stars fill in. That would be interesting, and maybe Ziva could come in sometime to guest star. When this show does end I am hoping that she comes back and tells Tony she loves him. Maybe have his baby lol. You never know. I do know they built a relationship beyond friendship that runs deep, everyone knows that and that's why we have all this hoppla. I wish the entire cast the best and Gibbs rule is#1! As for the Deeks an Kensi romance on Ncis LA, why is that romance more important than Tony an Ziva? My advice to that is don't get to attached because one of them could leave or be killed for ratings! Good luck to my #1 show NCIS and please don't throw Tony into a relationship. Its Gibbs show and I would like to see more of him now!!!!

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@Erin you talk about everyone being nuts over Ziva leaving, yet here you are saying the same thing. You don't like her. Well the show did get better with her on it, and you can't possibly say it didn't. I have watch this show since it started on CBS, not the USA channel, since day 1 and there have been many changes some good some not, but to say she is not a major character in this show and have her leave without some people being upset is just wrong. I love every cast member on this show, and the show did not just center around Ziva, Abby had some shows and ducky, palmer, and McGee did too. So did Gibbs, considering he is the star of this show. As for the Tony Ziva story, you probably don't what to here it but, they do have chemistry, and I believe something already happened between them in Berlin. Gibbs ask Tony if something happened that he should know about an He didn't answer. So hopefully this show which I love does great without Ziva, but I still believe that Tony and Her belong together. So maybe she will come back when the show wraps and tell him how much she loves him. One can hope. Oh and if the show was so bad with her on it then why has it been #1 in the ratings for so long. Not just because of her but the entire talented cast, she can't be replaced so leave the desk empty and have guest stars fill it. That would put the focus on the rest of the cast. I wish her well and hope she stops in as a guest star. Heres hoping that this show stays on top. I also have something to say to all the Seeks and Kensi fans, on Ncis LA, why is it OK for them to get together but, Tony and Ziva is bad? Good luck there because if they do get together one of them will probably leave or get killed for ratings. Well I think or hope what I am trying to say is I love NCIS and the entire cast and wish them all the sucsess in the world. Gibbs rule #1

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