As hit show NCIS approaches its eleventh season, CBS confirms that the series is making some changes. Actress Cote de Pablo, who plays agent Ziva Davis, will leave the show during the upcoming season, reports Entertainment Weekly.
In a statement, de Pablo said: “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.”
De Pablo joined the show in season three after Sasha Alexander, who played Caitlyn Todd, exited the show. Since, de Pablo’s character has established a friendship with Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly). The two characters have shown signs of a possible romantic relationship in recent seasons, and it is not yet known how this relationship will pan out as a result of de Pablo’s departure.
CBS adds: “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.”
NCIS returns with its eleventh season September 24.