Two days ago Deadline Hollywood reported that Cote de Pablo, who plays Detective Ziva David, was leaving the CBS hit series NCIS. It turns out that the Chilean actress decided not to renew her contract for the 11th season even though she’d be making a couple of appearances to finish out the character’s role.
CBS and producers of the hit show released a statement saying “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.”
According to Deadline, De Pablo was the only major character, besides Mark Hamon, whose contract expired at the end of the last season, all the others are on a different time schedule. But while Hamon renewed his, De Pablo did not.
“I’ve had 8 great years with NCIS and Ziva David.” She said in a statement “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.” (Watch video via Celeb TV)
According to Deadline, the past season of NCIS “topped even NBC’s Sunday Night Football as TV’s most-watched series, averaging around 22 million viewers — up about 7% from previous season. It also ranked No. 1 in the 25-54 demo. NCIS is also licensed in more than 200 markets and ranks as cable’s No. 1 off-network drama in domestic syndication, boosting ratings for USA Network.”