One of the regular cast members of the most-watched prime-time series on TV is leaving.
The show is CBS’s "NCIS," and the cast member is Cote de Pablo, who has played Ziva David for the last 8 seasons of the show. "NCIS" started airing in 2003, and de Pablo started playing David in 2005. She’s been in 187 episodes so far, according to IMDb.
Write our friends at Deadline.com, "CBS has just confirmed that Cote de Pablo is not coming back for the 11th season of the network’s hit drama ‘NCIS’ this fall, though she will appear long enough for her character Ziva David to finish out her storyline. CBS and producer CBS TV Studios said in a joint statement today that the decision was de Pablo’s to end her longtime run on the show. ‘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 says. ‘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.’
The story continues, "De Pablo had been the only other cast member without a deal (it expired at the end of the most current season) after star Mark Harmon re-upped in February, an agreement that allowed CBS to renew network TV’s most-watched drama soon after."
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