After eight seasons on “NCIS,” Ziva is leaving the building!
Cote de Pablo is set to depart the top-rated CBS drama later this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Chilean-born actress has portrayed Israeli agent Ziva David on the series for the past eight years.
De Pablo will return to the series for the start of the 11th season for an unspecified number of episodes to wrap up her character’s storyline. She joined the show in its third season to replace Kate Todd, played by “Rizzoli & Isles” star Sasha Alexander in the first two seasons.
For years, Ziva has had a flirtation with Michael Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo, earning them the fan nickname "Tiva." It’s unclear how that story will unfold because of de Pablo’s departure.
“We respect Cote’s decision, thank her for being an important part of the ‘NCIS’ team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David,” reads a joint statement from CBS and CBS Television Studios. “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” began in 2003 as a spinoff of the David James Elliott-starring “JAG,” created as a vehicle for series star Mark Harmon.
Earlier this year, Deadline reported that “NCIS” was the most-watched series in total viewership for the 2012-2013 TV season, raking in an average of 21.3 million viewers. The show also remarkably managed to increase its ratings year-to-year, which is rare for a show that has been on the air for a decade.
“NCIS” returns on Tuesday, September 24 at 8pm on CBS. Will you watch? How would you like to see Ziva’s character written out of the show? Share your thoughts in the comments!