Say goodbye to Ziva David. Cote de Pablo, whose contract was up the end of this past season, will not be returning to CBS’ veteran procedural NCIS as a regular for its upcoming eleventh season.
Pablo, CBS and CBS Television Studios have all put out statements confirming the departure, while also announcing that Cote de Pablo will appear in an (as-yet) unspecified number of episodes to wrap Ziva David’s storyline. The announcement comes months after the series was renewed for an eleventh season, when Mark Harmon reupped his contract on the series
“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”, said Cote de Pablo.
While, in a joint statement, CBS and CBS Television Studios added: “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.”