Cote de Pablo Leaving NCIS Voluntarily?
Cote announced her decision in early July saying “I’ve had eight great years with ‘NCIS’ and Ziva David,” but offered no real reason for her departure. According to CBS CEO Les Moonves:
“We offered Cote a lot of money and then we offered her even more money,” Moonves said. “We really didn’t want to lose her. We love her … We obviously were in discussion with the rest of the cast and the producers [and Cote]. Ultimately, she decided she didn’t want to do the show.”
Moonves said despite online chatter that she’d been fired, De Pablo decided to leave on her on. “It was purely her decision,” he said. “We don’t like losing anyone. It’s the highest-rated show on TV. We did everything humanly possible.”
Now we will never get to know if Ziva and Tony will develop a relationship.