Cote de Pablo is saying bye-bye-bye to her beloved NCIS character…
CBS has confirmed that the 33-year-old Chilean actress will not be returning for the eleventh season of the network’s hit drama NCIS this fall.
The network says de Pablo won’t be leaving cold turkey though. She’s still expected to appear long enough for her character Ziva David to wrap up her storyline.
CBS and producer CBS Television Studios said in a joint statement that the decision was de Pablo’s to end her longtime run on the show.
“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. “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 was the only cast member without a deal, after it expired at the end of last season.
“I’ve had 8 great years with NCIS and Ziva David,” said de Pablo 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.”
Season 11 is set to premiere September 24.