In what is being called a shocker, actress Cote de Pablo has announced that she is leaving the top rated series NCIS after 8 seasons. As you know, she joined the series in Season 3 after Sasha Alexander decided to leave the show.
“I’ve had 8 great years with NCIS and Ziva David,” the actress 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.”
Cote’s contract ended at the conclusion of Season 10, but she will appear in the Season 11 opener entitled “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” to finish out the story arc for her character.
“We respect Cote’s decision, thank her for being an important part of the NCIS team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David,” said CBS in a statement. “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.”
Story was first reported at TVFanatic.