CBS have announced that Cote De Pablo will depart NCIS after she decided not to renew her contract.
In a statement, CBS thanked the actress, who will appear in the beginning of the forthcoming 11th season of the US’s most-watched drama series:
“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.”
De Pablo was the only member of the main cast who had not signed a contract extension, following star Mark Harmon’s decision to renew his deal back in February, a move that led to CBS to extend the hit series into series 11.
De Pablo has also released a statement;
“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 replaced Sasha Alexander as the show’s main female star in 2005. Series 10 of NCIS was averaging around 22 million viewers a week. Series 11 is due to premiere on the 24th September.