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Cote de Pablo to leave 'NCIS'

ETonline, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 4:53pm (PDT)

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Farewell, Ziva! "NCIS" cast member Cote de Pablo is making her exit from the series after eight years.

"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 and CBS TV Studios in a statement delivered to Deadline on Wednesday afternoon that announces the actress will not return for Season 11.

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Though Cote will not come back as a main player when the series returns Sept. 24, the star will appear in enough episodes to tie up loose ends.

"We look forward to working with her and the producers on appropriate closure in this chapter of Ziva's story," the statement reads.

Said Cote in a written statement to Deadline, "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."

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