‘NCIS’ season 11 spoilers: Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette allude to Cote de Pablo exit

NCIS“NCIS” fans suffered what was a pretty dire tragedy earlier this week, as the news broke for the first time that although Cote de Pablo will be back for more of the hit CBS drama, it may only just be an episode’s worth of footage. The show is going to be writing the actress out of the story at her own request, and this move comes after months of questions about contract negotiations. (Back in the spring, executive producer Gary Glasberg was seemingly optimistic that a deal with Cote would get done.)

So how are the actors now reacting to the news? About as positively as you can given the circumstances. One of the real people that many were interested in hearing from about this was Michael Weatherly, given his connection to Cote as his character Tony was long linked as a possible Ziva love interest. In a post on Twitter, here is what he had to say, though it should be noted that he does not mention Cote directly:

“Staying positive on the beach is what it’s all about! Deep breath everyone… Interesting days ahead.”

Meanwhile, Pauley Perrette did something similar on her own account, addressing the issue without really mentioning any names directly:

“Change is always hard There’s no drama and no blame We all love each other SO much. I’ll be hugging her off screen. #NCIS”

Clearly, this is a show that will have some sort of pressure to get it right and move forward from this, given that they gained most of their audience and their following after Cote arrived on the show eight seasons ago; plus, they are the most-watched scripted show on television, and ultimately have many viewers that could either stay or go.

If you want to read more about the news from earlier this week, just be sure to hit up the link here.

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