As of 2015, Cote de Pablo maintains that she departed from "NCIS" for personal reasons. The actress left the show in 2013 after spending eight years playing NCIS agent Ziva David.
De Pablo stated in a 2013 interview that she left on her own terms despite her unplanned exit. In 2015, she emphasized that her decision was beneficial, allowing her to spend time with her family with no regrets.
The first two episodes of season 11 marked de Pablo's final appearance on "NCIS," but the actress mentioned in a 2015 interview panel that she would be open to revisiting the show.