Her character, the beloved Ziva David, had been an integral member of the team since , thanks to her fiery attitude and palpable romantic tension with Tony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly. Though it's been years since her exit, there are still a million questions on people's minds. Why did she quit the show? Will she ever come back? And what is the deal with the mysterious upcoming episode that she's allegedly involved in? Here, everything to know about why Cote, 39, left, and what she's been up to since.
Ziva first appeared in the season 3 premiere episode, " Kill Ari Part 1 ", and became a regular cast member from the episode " Silver War ". Following the onscreen death of the character's father in season 10, Gabi Coccio recurrently portrayed a young Ziva in flashbacks. She was assigned to NCIS as a liaison officer in an arrangement between Eli and Jenny, a position she held for four years until she returned to Mossad in the season 6 finale, " Aliyah ". After being captured by terrorists in Somalia while on assignment for Mossad and presumed dead, she was eventually saved by Gibbs , Tony , and McGee , who brought her back to America. In season 13, Ziva was apparently killed off screen,  though executive producer and show runner Gary Glasberg suggested that she might still be alive.
By the end of Tuesday's Season 17 opener, she's pointing a gun at her former boss. It was great". Sahar is "like a ghost. She was involved in some early operations with Ziva's half- brother Ari.