Cote de Pablo to Depart 'NCIS'

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

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"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 ET on Wednesday announcing the actress will not return for season 11.

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

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

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