This might come as a huge shock for ‘NCIS’ fans. Cote de Pablo will be exiting the hit CBS drama come this fall, the network has just confirmed.
For some time now, it’s been up in the air as to whether de Pablo would return or not. She was the only other cast member who had yet to ink a deal. CBS said in a statement today that is was de Pablo’s choice to end her run as Ziva David.
“We respect Cote’s decision, thank her for being an important part of the ‘NCIS’ team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David,” the statement says.
So, what does this mean for the series, and especially for Ziva and Tony (Michael Weatherly) aka Tiva fans? Despite many upset viewers, Ziva’s storyline will come to some type of conclusion.
“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," CBS continued to say.
De Pablo also released her own statement, and said, “I’ve had 8 great years with ‘NCIS’ and Ziva David. 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.”
As an avid fan of the show, it's heartbreaking to see de Pablo walk away from the crime procedural and her amazing character who has grown from her very first episode in Season 3. Hopefully, everything will come together in the end - even Tony and Ziva!
‘NCIS’ Season 11 premieres Tuesday, September 24.
Are you sad to see Ziva go?