Cote De Pablo (Ziva) Not Returning to 'NCIS'
CBS has finally confirmed that Cote de Pablo has chosen not to return to NCIS for their 11th season. So what is going to happen with the character of Ziva?
As we have previously reported, Cote de Pablo was one of the few cast members still not contracted for the recently renewed 11th season. It seems that she has chosen to part with the show after playing the character of Ziva David for the past 8 years.
But Ziva David’s plot line isn’t done yet! She has agreed to work with the producers and help film a resolution to Ziva’s various plot lines before she bows out for good. So, Ziva fans, fret not. You will get the closure that you desire.
In CBS’s statement, they thank her for all her work. “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.”
Cote de Pablo had her own statement regarding the matters. “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.”
All other regular cast members are currently renewed for the upcoming 11th season (which begins September 24th), so you shouldn’t have to worry about your favorites dropping out.
It is truly a shame to see Cote de Pablo leave the show, as she has brought a certain uniqueness to the show with her role of Ziva. Good luck with your future endeavors, Ms. de Pablo.