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By Jane Nambi

Cote de Pablo is not coming back to drama series NCIS in the 11th season, CBS confirmed.

Cote de Pablo Leaving NCIS

Pablo who acts as Ziva David has to finish her storyline in the show before leaving the show. In a statement, CBS and producer CBS TV Studios said that it was Pablo’s decision to end her longtime run on the show. “We respect Cote’s decision, thank her for being an important part of the NCIS team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David”, the statement says. “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.”

Season 11 is set to premiere September 24.

“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.”

This past season, NCIS topped even NBC’s Sunday Night Football as TV’s most-watched series, averaging around 22 million viewers — up about 7% from previous season. It also ranked No. 1 in the 25-54 demo.