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'NCIS' star Mark Harmon opens up about Cote de Pablo's exit

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NCIS fans have long been voicing their thoughts Cote de Pablo’s exit from the hit show but star Mark Harmon has finally opened up with his own thoughts on the impending departure

Speaking on The Arsenio Hall show last night, Harmon said the actress’s exit, announced in July, is the latest of many “changes” the show has experienced over its lengthy run and acknowledged,  “it’s up to this highly professional group to use that as a springboard to get better, to improve and to stay No. 1.” 

The second episode of the show’s upcoming 11th season is scheduled to be Ziva David’s (de Pablo) swan song and, according to a logline released by CBS, the episode will feature Tony (Michael Weatherly) traveling to Israel to locate Ziva.

“We’ve had a lot of changes,” Harmon said, speaking generally about the show’s evolution. “We’ve managed to get better with the changes both in front of the camera and behind the camera.

Watch his full appearance — and a VERY interesting sizzle reel — below.