NCIS is losing one of its own. Cote De Pablo is leaving the CBS hit show, NCIS, after deciding that eight seasons is enough. Her timing is far from ideal, as filming for Season 11 was set to begin in less than a week. De Pablo’s character, Ziva David, will appear in the Season 11 premiere, in order to give her a proper send-off.
CBS and producer CBS TV Studios said in a joint statement today 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.”
NCIS has been network television’s most watched show for quite some time now and, although Season 11 is set to premiere on September 24, it remains to be seen how the show will write off David in the storyline. The 10th season ended with De Pablo’s character and her colleagues handing in their badges, so the season finale ended with a four month jump ahead. Her sudden departure and late notice could make for an interesting – albeit pressure-packed – write-off from the series.
Said de Pablo in her own statement today: “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.”
I can only assume, so do all of the show’s loyal followers. Stay tuned.