After greater than a decade and 12 seasons, Kelli Giddish, aka Detective Amanda Rollins, is making her exit from “Law & Order: SVU,” the actor confirmed in an Aug. 24 Instagram post.
“I started on this show when I was in my late 20s and I’m grateful I got to spend so many of my adult years with Rollins in my life.”
“I wanted to address the chatter I’ve seen online and let everyone know that this will, indeed, be my last season on ‘Law & Order: SVU,'” Giddish wrote. “Playing Rollins has been one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life. I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the ‘Law & Order’ family for the last 12 years. There is simply no other character on TV like Rollins. She’s grown and changed, and I have as well. I started on this show when I was in my late 20s and I’m grateful I got to spend so many of my adult years with Rollins in my life.”
Giddish concluded her assertion by saying, “I want to thank Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay, Warren Leight, Peter Jankowski, NBC, Universal Television, all of my co-stars, every single member on the crew and all the writers here for our incredible work together these last 12 years. I’m so excited to take all the things I have learned in my time on SVU and put them toward everything that’s next to come….”
At this time, it is unclear when and the way Giddish might be written off “SVU,” however TVLine beforehand reported that an insider mentioned her character will “experience a traumatic event early into season 24.” Giddish’s exit will seemingly impression Rollins’s romantic relationship with Peter Scanavino’s Carisi, in addition to the dynamic of the ever-changing SVU workforce. Viewers will get an opportunity to see Giddish’s closing farewell when “SVU” returns for season 24 on Sept. 22, kicking off with a historic three-show crossover with the revived “Law & Order” flagship and “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”
Read forward to study extra about Giddish’s “SVU” departure.
Why Is Kelli Giddish Leaving “Law & Order: SVU”?
Giddish’s stunning Instagram assertion of her exit prompted offended responses from some “SVU” followers. The actor did not say precisely why she’s leaving the collection after season 24, however new showrunner David Graziano wrote a short rationalization within the feedback part of her submit to calm passionate viewers. “You might take a moment to entertain the idea that things are more complex than they appear in a world of emojis and tweets,” he wrote. “All I’ll say is Kelli has handled this with the most incredibly classy comportment. She is, without a doubt, one of the finest industry professionals I’ve come across in my 24 years of writing television. I’m saddened by her looming exit. It’ll be my lucky day if I ever get to write for her again.”
According to Variety, a number of sources informed the outlet Giddish’s determination to exit “SVU” wasn’t her alternative nor Graziano’s. The name to have Giddish go away the present was reportedly “made from above,” with one insider additionally declaring that NBC is “always looking to keep the show as up to date and current as possible.”
Reps for NBC didn’t instantly reply to POPSUGAR’s request for remark, however Variety reported that Hargitay, who serves as an govt producer on the collection, and not less than one different producer pushed to hold Giddish on the present, nonetheless, her destiny had already been determined. The outlet additionally famous that wage negotiations and Giddish’s future on the present contributed to her departure.
Sources informed TVLine that Giddish’s closing “SVU” episode will air throughout the first half of season 24, so followers will get extra readability about Rollins’s departure quickly sufficient.
What Has the “Law & Order: SVU” Cast Said About Kelli Giddish’s Exit??
Following information of Giddish’s exit, the “SVU” actor’s costars spoke out with bittersweet goodbyes to their longtime castmate. “Oh god, Kelli. I love Kelli, she’s my girl,” Hargitay informed Entertainment Tonight on the “Law & Order” premiere on Sept. 19. “She is one of my favorite actors that I’ve ever worked with and we got to build something really beautiful together and really earned together because our characters had quite a journey. . . . I will miss that because she was my go-to, my right hand, the woman that I could talk to. . . . I’m gonna miss her a lot, but she’s a lifelong friend and I’m just glad that our paths crossed, and I know they’ll continue to cross.”
Ice-T additionally shared related sentiments after he informed People that Giddish’s stunning exit was the results of calls “from higher up.” “It’s a sad thing,” he mentioned. “Me and Kelli were friends — dog friends and all that. We became close. Kelli’s been here 10 years. . . . When I heard about [her exit], I called to check on my pulse, like, ‘What’s going on?’ But this is the business we’re in, and they shuffle the deck occasionally.” The unique “SVU” star additionally mentioned that, as of the present’s purple carpet premiere, Giddish’s closing episode nonetheless has not been filmed. “I’m not even sure she’s gone until they shoot that episode,” he added, “because you never know. . . . Kelli will be missed.”
“SVU” newcomer Octavio Pisano added to the cast’s farewells and informed People, “When I came to the show last season, Kelli was the first one to kind of take me under her wing . . . Obviously I’m really sad, but I’m truly excited about the next chapter in her life because she’s an amazing talent. I’ve learned so much from her in terms of acting and all kinds of things. So more than anything I’m excited, but obviously it’s bittersweet.”