We hope you are sitting down, NCIS fans: the highest rated show on television has shocking news.
Cote de Pablo, who has been with the series since Season 3, announced this afternoon that she will leave the character of Ziva David behind this fall.
Referencing her co-stars and colleagues, de Pablo said in a statement that she will appear on the NCIS Season 11 premiere to give Ziva a proper goodbye:
“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, all of the team and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva’s story.”
Cote de Pablo's contract expired after Season 10, though executive producer Gary Glasberg had expressed confidence in his star re-signing.
Alas, she has decided to move on.
“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.”
Production on NCIS Season 11 gets underway shortly.