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Cote de Pablo is Really Leaving NCIS

Written by Faye Constantino   // July 10, 2013

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo is Really Leaving NCIS


NCIS Fans will go into mourning over the loss of Special Agent Ziva David even before the first episode of NCIS Season 11 airs on September 24th, 2013. Gary Glasberg had seemed confident that everything would work out, whenever he was asked about Cote de Pablo and her contract. Fans became upset with Brian Dietzen when he divulged that his contract was the only one he could speak on. Stabley Times prematurely told fans that Cote had signed, because Mark Harmon said the whole cast would return to NCIS for Season 11.


It wasn’t hard to figure out that, contract or no contract, Cote de Pablo would appear in Season 11 of NCIS. All of us, even the fans who are tired of waiting for their TIVA moment, will miss Ziva David. There are other fans of the #1 CBS Drama that have been waiting for that storyline to end. It’s no wonder that Cote de Pablo isn’t much for Social Media, for if she was reading the squabbles amongst the Pro-TIVA and Anti-TIVA fans, she would have driven herself crazy.


Cote has often expressed a desire to do Latino Television or Theater again, because the acting is much more demonstrative. The subtle looks and moody demeanor of Ziva was not all Cote de Pablo dreamed of when she decided to become an actress. She has also dropped hints throughout the season, saying that she was very young when she started on NCIS, while the other actors on the show had families and children, something she would like to have herself.


Cote de Pablo Leaving NCIS, confirmed in Deadline Interview

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.”


In spite of the furor that I know this news will cause to the fans, some saying she was probably being greedy, while others blame CBS for a lack of appreciation, this has always been her decision. The fact that it has taken so long for the decision to be made has less to do with negotiations, and more to do with the way Ms. de Pablo has decided. She took her time; during her vacation she said she would relax and see friends and family. She is 33 years old now, and was only 24 when she began her NCIS haul. At the time NCIS wasn’t even in the top ten. In her interview with The Boca Raton Observer, Cote said that once the show had reached #1 there was only one way to go. Perhaps it goes without saying that any actor likes their part on a TV series to end on a high note, rather than a low one. We wish Cote de Pablo great fortune in whatever she decides to do next and we’ll be watching her career! As a 10 Season fan, I know that I will watch NCIS for as long as it stays on the air.


NCIS returns to CBS for Season 11 on September 24th, 2013 with episode 11×01 “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” at 8:/7: Central. Maybe now we really know what those letters stand for.



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