Actress Cote de Pablo's sudden departure from "NCIS" has left fans shocked, sad and curious as to how her character will leave the show. One thing that has been revealed is that Ziva will not be killed off. "It's not what this character deserves," executive producer Gary Glasberg said. "Also, [we killed off] Sasha Alexander's Kate character [back in Season 2] and I like the idea of doing this one a little different and respecting who [Ziva] is." That said, a trailer released by CBS shows that Ziva's life is in danger during her last story arc on the show this season. 'NCIS' Season 11 Spoilers: 4 Theories How 'Ziva' Cote De Pablo Will Exit 'NCIS'!
The other question fans have about Ziva's departure is her romantic story arc with Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), as the the two characters have been playing at a potential romantic relationship for seasons. The good news: There will be closure! "Even if you're a casual viewer of the NCIS, even if you've only seen one marathon on USA, this season premiere and the first couple episodes you're going to want to check out," Michael Weatherly told E! News. "Even if you hate Tiva [Tony + Ziva], even if you love the Tiva, if you're ambivalent, it's like a big Christmas stocking on Christmas morning." 'NCIS' Season 11 Spoilers: Ziva And Tony Romantic Storyline Confirmed By Cast!
Since his intial revelation, Michael Weatherly has opened up a bit more about how the show will address the romantic story between Tony and Ziva in an interview with TVLine, admitting that he was "very surprised by the things I read in [the first two] scripts" for Season 11. "I think that for DiNozzo and for me as an actor, that 'holding pattern' has been incredibly fun to play -- I love working with Cote, she's awesome -- but also it's been eight years, and we haven't dealt with it," added Michael Weatherly. "It will be dealt with," he promised. The actor also enthused that Tony's storyline following Ziva's departure is "the most exciting thing I've heard in a long time." 'NCIS' Season 11 Spoilers Roundup: 4 Leaked Details About The New Season!
Despite being offered a lot more money by CBS, Cote de Pablo made the difficult decision to leave the show after many years. "It was not an easy decision, not one taken lightly," said the actress to Latina magazine. "I feel like I am leaving my family. What I want to say most of all is thank you to the fans and to the people who have been so supportive of me and of the show, who have made the show the great success that it is." In her statement regarding her departure, Cote de Pablo said: "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." Cote de Pablo Leaving 'NCIS': 4 Things To Know About Her Departure!