Cote de Pablo to Leave 'NCIS'

“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,” the statement read. “I look forward to finishing Ziva's story.”

CBS, in return, thanked the talented De Pablo in a statement of its own.

“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 read. “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."

Whoo – that was difficult to write. We will definitely miss De Pablo on the show.

How do you feel about the actress’ departure?