‘NCIS’ season 13 spoilers: Cote de Pablo may not return for Michael Weatherly farewell

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We hate to be the ones to throw some cold water on hopes to see Cote de Pablo again on “NCIS” before Michael Weatherly’s departure, but it is not looking particularly great at the moment.

Speaking (per TVLine) while at the TCA Winter Press Tour, CBS programming head Glenn Geller said that there were no plans at present to have Cote reprise her role as Ziva David later this season, something that we know the majority of CarterMatt readers want to see. One thing that should be noted here though, as Geller notes, is that the show is still in the process of planning this out:

“They are working on how Michael’s character is going to be written out. [Showrunner] Gary [Glasberg] and the producers are working on that right now … I will definitely miss — as I’m sure the fans will, as well as my mother — Special Agent Tony DiNozzo. [Weatherly’s] decision was his. It was a creative one. He had been in the role for 13 years, and I completely understand it, and I wish him well.”

So while there may not be a reason for great optimism at the moment regarding a potential Cote return, there’s still one reason that we’d hold out even a glimmer of hope: If producers do decide to bring her back within the next several weeks, this wouldn’t be the sort of news we’d announce in advance. Knowing how Tony would be written out of the show would ruin some of the surprise.

Ultimately, we’ll give you some more updates as this situation unfolds, but our stance remains pretty clear: It only seems right to at least give Cote a small cameo (if not more) for Weatherly’s final episode, given the history of Tony and Ziva. You can still make the episode more about Tony while offering fans of the two something to discuss in the weeks that follow.

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