Actress Cote de Pablo, who plays Ziva David in NCIS, is leaving the procedural series after eight seasons. reports that de Pablo will not return as a series regular for Season 11, with producers "working to find a way to wrap up her story line".

In a statement, de Pablo said: "I've had 8 great years with NCIS and Ziva David. I have huge respect and affection for Mark [Harmon], Gary [Glasberg, executive producer], Michael [Weatherly], David [McCallum], Rocky [Carroll], Pauley [Perrette], Brian [Dietzen], Sean [Murray], all of the team and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva's story."

CBS said: "We respect Cote's decision, thank her for being an important part of the NCIS team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David.

"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."