'NCIS: Los Angeles' Star Opens Up About Her Heartbreaking Premiere Exit

Meaghan Darwish
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[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for the Season 10 premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles, "To Live and Die in Mexico."]

It's never easy when your worst fears are realized about a beloved TV character, and that's exactly what happened with NCIS: Los Angeles' Hidoko (Andrea Bordeaux) in last night's Season 10 premiere.

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Expect to see her return later this season.

Bordeaux took on the role of Special Agent Harley Hidoko in Season 9, and she quickly fit in with the rest of the crew. Unfortunately, tragedy struck in Mexico before Callen (Chris O'Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J), Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), and Kensi (Daniela Ruah) arrived with the same intent — to save Mosley's (Nia Long) son.

"Under Pressure" -- Pictured: Andrea Bordeaux (NCIS Special Agent Harley Hidoko). After napalm is detected at a crime scene, the NCIS team investigates the sole casualty for possible links to terrorism, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Jan. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Jessica Brooks/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

In last season's finale, the rest of the team discovered bones during their mission, but it was never confirmed that they belonged to Bordeaux's Hidoko until Sunday night's episode. After Hidoko's fate was confirmed, the actress posted the following statement via Instagram:

"Thank you all for the love and support. It means the world to me. I'm gonna miss her so much.💔 I'm so proud to have been a part of the #NCISLA team. Congrats to the cast and crew on what I'm sure is going to be an amazing 10th season. You all deserve it and many more! #HarleyHidoko #BlackGirlMagic"

It was rumored that Bordeaux would make her exit following Hidoko's trip to Mexico, as the actress posted a similarly-toned statement on the social media platform in the spring. The character's death was tough for viewers to take, as in the one season Hidoko appeared, she quickly gained a fan base.

Ultimately, we should have seen her fate coming from a mile away after reading her initial post. What seemed to be an appreciation post then, now takes on a greater meaning.

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The fan favorite was notably absent for some time during Season 9.

"Tonight is the season 9 finale of @ncisla and I just wanted to take a moment to say how grateful, humbled and honored I've been to be a part of this show," Bordeaux wrote at the time.

"Thank you so much to the amazing cast and #thebestcrewinhollywood. Thank you to every director. Thank you to the service men and women who work in various positions on the show, whether as background or as our tactical experts. You make me proud to play a Marine," she continued.

"Thank you to the producers for giving me my big break. Thank you @cbstv. Thank you to all of the fans who have been so kind and supportive."

 

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Tonight is the season 9 finale of @ncisla and I just wanted to take a moment to say how grateful, humbled and honored I've been to be a part of this show. Thank you so much to the amazing cast and #thebestcrewinhollywood. Thank you to every director. Thank you to the service men and women who work in various positions on the show, whether as background or as our tactical experts. You make me proud to play a Marine. Thank you to the producers for giving me my big break. Thank you @cbstv. Thank you to all of the fans who have been so kind and supportive. I read every tweet, comment, DM, etc. ✨ * #HarleyHidoko #ncisla * * #aries #blackgirlmagic #carefreeblackgirl #melanin #badass #blackgirlsarelit #strength #blackwomen #beauty #darkskin #naturalhair #nofilter #actress #blackactress #model #blackmodel #lamodel #losangelesmodel #laphotographer #audition #shorthairdontcare #love #creativeexpression #queen #woman

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And while one chapter may be closing in NCIS: LA, another is reopening as Kensi and Deeks made up in last night's ep. Last we saw the fan favorite couple, their engagement and relationship hung in the balance when they didn't see eye-to-eye about their career paths.

"A Line in the Sand" and "Ninguna Salida" - Pictured: Eric Christian Olsen (LAPD Liaison Marty Deeks) and Daniela Ruah (Special Agent Kensi Blye). Sam is shot during a firefight with a cartel, and a suspect reveals new information on the whereabouts of Spencer Williams (Lamont Thompson), the man who kidnapped Mosley's son five years ago. Despite several team members having grave reservations, NCIS travels to Mexico for a daring mission to locate and rescue Mosley's son, on back-to-back episodes of the ninth season finale of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, May 20 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

After their ordeal in the Mexican desert, Deeks apologized for having a closed mind about Kensi continuing her career with NCIS, and then (eek!) popped the big question! Looks like we're officially getting a Kensi-Deeks wedding this season!

NCIS: Los Angeles, Sundays, 9/8c, CBS

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