Ziva fans can rejoice as the actress is slated to return to "NCIS" after announcing this summer that she would be leaving the show indefinitely. "I've had eight great years with 'NCIS' and Ziva David. I have huge respect and affection for Mark, Gary, Michael, David (McCallum), Rocky (Carroll), Pauley (Perrette), Brian (Dietzen), Sean (Murray), all of the team and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva's story," said Cote de Pablo in a statement regarding her departure. "As far as my decision to leave, that's a personal thing, and I'd rather leave it at that ... The idea of leaving was not something I toyed around with for a long time. It was an overwhelmingly hard thing -- at times terrifying," added the actress to TV Guide. The actress bid her character adieu in an emotional season premiere goodbye that saw Ziva leaving the team to get closure and revisit her past.
The actress had even hinted in interviews that her character could always make a return, but nobody saw such a quick turnaround in the actress' future. "The greatest thing about this last episode is that Ziva doesn't die," said de Pablo to TVGuide of returning "NCIS." "As long as a character doesn't die, the character can always come back. Not that it would actually matter, because we bring back characters from the dead all the time on 'NCIS!'" And that's exactly what is reportedly happening in season 11: the actress will be returning well before the season finale to pick up her role.
According to preliminary reports, Ziva's character will return from Israel and it won't be because of her job--she will be back after realizing that she wants to be with Tony. This will pose a problem for the team, as they recently acquired Bishop and Gibbs has a rule prohibiting team members engaging in a relationship. Bishop fans can relax, as the actress will still be a part of the team and according to sources, Ziva and Bishop will become fast friends. Cote de Pablo's character will reportedly be working for a new department but the character will help out the NCIS team with special cases. While this means the actress will have less screen time on actual cases, the creative team of the show has revealed that they will show more into the love story of Tony and Ziva on the side.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that CBS offered Cote de Pablo a lot more money with the hopes to keep her on board. But it wasn't money that brought the actress back. The actress has reportedly been receiving hate mail to her private residence, is being stalked by hardcore fans and a group called "Ziva Zealots" have started a campaign to pressure the actress back into her former job. The strategies used by the campaign are questionable, to say the least--they are tweeting at the actress, sending letters, egging her car, slashing her tires and sending Dominos pizza deliveries to her home in her name on the hour, every hour. According to reports, the latter has costed the actress close to $600,000. The campaign seems to have worked, as de Pablo reportedly contacted CBS on her own to return to the show.
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