NCIS veteran announces departure

cote-de-pabloNCIS veteran Cote de Pablo has announced her departure from the series.

The actress will not be back to reprise her role as Ziva David in the upcoming 11th season.

“I’ve had eight great years with NCIS and Ziva David,” de Pablo said in a statement. “I have huge respect and affection for Mark [Harmon], Gary [Glasberg], Michael [Weatherly], David [McCallum], Rocky [Carroll], Pauley [Perrette], Brian [Dietzen], Sean [Murray], all of the team and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva’s story.”

CBS said in a statement: “We respect Cote’s decision, thank her for being an important part of the NCIS team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David. 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.”

De Pablo first appeared on NCIS in season 3 and has notched up a total of 187 episodes.

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