Confirmation came today from CBS that Cote de Pablo will not return to the popular series this fall. She will appear just long enough for her character "Ziva David" to complete her part of the storyline. Today CBS and CBS Television Studios issued a statement that the decision to not return for season 11 was de Pablo's. The statement says "We respect Cote's decision, thank her for being an important part of the NCIS team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David." The statement goes on to say, "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."
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Fans will recall that Cote was the only cast member without a contract in place for season 11 at the close of season 10 in May. Mark Harmon had signed his most recent contract in February that allowed the show to be renewed for the coming 11th season, beginning September 2013.
Cote said in her own statement today, "I've had eight great years with NCIS and Ziva David. I have huge respect and affection for Mark, Gary, Michael, David, Rocky, Pauley, Brian, Sean, and all of the team, and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva's story." NCIS is due to resume production next week.
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