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Cote de Pablo turned down CBS' money for 'NCIS' exit

Network CEO says drama's star was determined to leave

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Jul 29, 2013 4:49PM

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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.


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"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."


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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.  


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Apr 28, 2014 3:20PM
Look what happened to Shelly Long when she left the loving arms of Sam Malone!
Apr 21, 2014 10:12AM
Apr 17, 2014 2:14PM
What an idiot she is. She will never find anything to equal NCIS.
Hope she is happy in nowhereville.

Apr 17, 2014 10:19AM

Mar 31, 2014 10:19PM
At least everybody knew that Ziva would be leaving. Nobody knew that they were going to kill off Will(Josh Charles of The Good Wife). Boy was that a shock. Wouldn't CBS be showing a sign of weakness by bringing back Ziva too quickly? Maybe she would come back during the 2014-15 season. They saved a lot of money with her replacement. They would need advertisers willing to spend a lot of money(who would want their products advertised during NCIS) to make it worthwhile to bring her back. She would probably want $3000,000 an episode, because She would know that She has CBS by the nuts.
Mar 31, 2014 5:03PM
I hated it years ago when they killed off Katlin. It took a lot of episodes before I liked Ziva as much. Now I think the new girl is a great replacement. Give her a chance to grow.
Mar 20, 2014 5:51PM
Its hard to watch the show now because I'm hoping for a rerun.  I loved her, I'll admit it but I would want her happy in life so I can only wish her the best, express my deepest sorrow with her absence, and truely wish her the best that life has to offer.  I had hoped for a explosive serious relationship with Tony.  At least they had Paris.  The new girl is hard to follow and the vibes just aren't there.  She seems nice and is trying hard but the magic is missing.  I just dont have the desire to watch the show without Ziva.  Maybe if the CBS gnomes thought about it - Tony might have to go to Israel in episode 321 - or - Ziva is hiding out in Tony's apartment waiting for him to come home each evening - or - Ziva and Tony got married in Israel or Paris and they decided that it would be easier for only one of them to work there - or - maybe just Ziva transferred to a NCIS Directors position in Greece or Israel - or - Ziva needs an operation and she didn't want Tony to know so she transferred back to Israel and he left.  Now she is dying and calls for Tony and he goes running to her and she lives.  Hated to see her go.  She was multi-talented and a fox!
Mar 19, 2014 10:17AM
Mar 12, 2014 10:18PM
I looked at the worst... comments... who says you have to watch it? Click away!  Still a great show, that's been on longer than most other shows!  
Mar 12, 2014 10:10PM
Hey! It's her life! She has the right ti chose what she does with it! We all do! We miss her like crazy, What ever her path, I wish her a happy life!  NCIS is still my favorite show ! Who knows, she might show up in a new show or just want to take a break and have a family life of her own... sweet! 
Mar 10, 2014 4:47PM
After playing the same role for 8 years, you can understand why a good actress like Cote wants a change.   I guess she is suffering from  "role burn-out", a common affliction of TV actors.  Good luck, Cote, in finding rewarding TV and film roles. 
Mar 7, 2014 5:20PM
I Love NCIS. Cote also. The Director and Writer are the real stars. The Actors are perfect for the roles played. Sorry Cote is leaving. But the show is still #1.@
Mar 7, 2014 4:50PM
Cote probably wanted to spread her wings. Kate is doing well with Angie Harmon in Rizzoli and Isles.
Mar 6, 2014 3:48PM
I missed Kate but Cote worked her way right up there and the new girl is doing just fine considering the short time that she's been there.
I left my job because of the $$$...... $10/hr wasn't enough!! LOL!!!
Mar 4, 2014 9:55AM
Why does everyone get so upset with Ziva leaving? Best I remember everybody was just as upset when Kate left the show. If Cote de Pablo wanted to leave, for whatever reason, live with it. Who really knows why she left? Was it money, being stereotyped, bored? Enjoy the show or change the channel.
Mar 3, 2014 11:51AM
I actually like the new girl.  I think Ziva was the best, but the new girl is getting better.  What I do not like it seems the show has changed up stuff.  The dynamics between everyone and the storylines are not as good.  There was always humor with drama, that is what made it good.  Tony does not seem as funny anymore.
Mar 3, 2014 10:08AM
Too bad! Cote's replacement sucks, and NCIS has gotten quiet boring right now. Get her back somehow....and put NCIS back on top. Could be, after a few months of rest, Ms. de Pablo is ready to return. You could at least ASK!
Tulsaborn ..hafta agree with ya! "ditzy nimrod"...imho. Plays the aforementioned very well. IF they were going for the absent-minded professor presentation of her character...they HAVE succeeded!
Get with the program MSN Entertainment TV BUZZ!......
"Cote de Pablo turned down CBS' motodney for 'NCIS' exit
Network CEO says drama's star was determined to leave
By Jul 29, 2013 4:49PM"......
I cannot believe this is "still" in my news feed! We miss her and the show is not the same without her BUT life goes on.
AND in case ya'll have been "off Earth" for date is: March 3, 2014!!!!!
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