Cote de Pablo turned down CBS' money for 'NCIS' exit
Network CEO says drama's star was determined to leave
Sometimes money isn't enough.
That's essentially what Les Moonves, CBS' CEO, told reporters at a Television Critics Association press event Monday when talking about his soon-to-be former "NCIS" star Cote de Pablo. Moonves said the network offered the actress at least two large raises but de Pablo turned them down because she wanted off the show.
"We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money — and then we offered even more money," he said. "We 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."
Earlier this month, de Pablo announced that she was leaving the series and that her character Ziva would only be in the first few episodes of the upcoming eleventh season. "NCIS," which pulls in 20 million viewers a week, is television's No. 1 scripted drama. The actress has been on the show for eight years.
Although fans were up in arms and angry with CBS after de Pablo's impending exit made headlines, Moonves said the broadcast network is not to blame. "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."
"NCIS" Season 11 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
For me there is not enough drama this season..it's just too light. Not crazy about the newbie either. I agree with my fellow "posters"..they are right, (she just doesn't fit).
I like the more intense series (like when they rescued Ziva) or when Kate was killed off.
I think Gibbs should have a serious love interest, one that finally has what it takes to make him forget and move on. Would love to see Rene Russo move into that spot. I think she'd be the ultimate redhead for him.
Seems this season they are trying to make it more comical than it should be which is ruining it for them.
PS: Am growing darned tired of all the reruns too!
I'm not liking the new girl, she just doesn't fit with the rest of the crew.