On the heels of Cota De Pablo‘s decision to depart NCIS, CBS boss had addressed the issue during the recent TCA press tour.
According to TV Guide, Leslie Moonves, the network’s CEO, wants to make one thing clear: The network didn’t let NCIS’ Cote de Pablo leave the show without putting up a fight.
“We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money. We really didn’t want to lose her. We love her; we think she was terrific. … Ultimately she decided she didn’t want to do the show.”
“It was purely her decision,” Moonves continued. “NCIS was the highest-rated show on television last year. We don’t like losing anybody, but we did everything humanly possible. We feel like we exhausted every opportunity, and she just decided she didn’t want to do the show.”
De Pablo, whose contract expired at the end of Season 10, will appear at the start of Season 11 (premiering Sept. 24) to conclude Ziva’s story.