WELLESLEY, Mass. , April 27 (UPI) —
Cote de Pablo is opening up about her departure from long-running CBS series NCIS. The 36-year-old actress her exit during an appearance at Babson College this week and confirmed she won\’t reprise the role of Ziva David for Michael Weatherly\’s final episode in Season 13. \”Unfortunately, because of political things and the scripts not being good enough, I chose not to [continue],\” de Pablo said of her much-mourned departure. \”I love this character. I worked eight years in crafting this character and loving her, so when I felt or I perceived the character was not being treated with the respect that she deserved, all the money in the world [couldn\’t make me stay],\” she explained. \”They were going to send her back to Israel and make her an unfortunate, miserable woman,\” the star revealed. \”I didn\’t think it was fair.
So I said, \’Until someone can really write something fantastic for her, I won\’t come back. \’\” CBS Entertainment President Glen Geller there are \”not currently\” any plans for de Pablo to return. Showrunner Gary Glasberg, however, recently revealed Ziva will influence Tony DiNozzo\’s (Weatherly) decision to leave the agency. \”Tony\’s relationship with Ziva absolutely will have an impact on his reason to depart,\” Glasberg told E! News. \”There\’s no part of Tony DiNozzo that Ziva David isn\’t a part of. \” \”She\’s a huge aspect of who his character is, so it would be unfair and wrong to write this episode, to produce this episode and not have her character be a part of it,\” he added. Weatherly announced in January and will last appear on the Season 13 finale May 17.
NCIS cast Sarah Clarke and Duane Henry following the news, and first lady on the May 3 episode. б is definitely not saying goodbye to DiNozzo after all. б The actress spoke on a panel at the Babson College promotingб The 33б and she will reportedly not be returning as Ziva David to say goodbye toб Michael Weatherly \’s character. De Pablo also revealed the reason why she didn\’t continue working on the show. б \”I\’m happy to say that I take him with me always and that is one of the greatest things about my job Б is that every once in a while, you meet people and you say, \’well, they are going to be in my life forever\’ and I think he\’s one of them,\” she said. De Pablo used to play former Mossad agent Ziva David and during the panel she spoke very openly about the show runners trying to change her character into something that she wasn\’t comfortable with at all. б БThey were going to send her back to Israel and make her a sad, miserable woman.
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