Fans are about to see the last of Det. Amanda Rollins in Law & Order: SVU Season 24. Kelli Giddish officially announced her departure from the show on Instagram on Wednesday, August 24.
Giddish has been part of the series for the last 12 years. However, it remains to be seen how she will exit Law & Order: SVU Season 24.
Kelli Giddish Leaves Law & Order: SVU Season 24
According to TVLine, NBC is yet to reveal how Giddish’s character will be written out in Law & Order: SVU Season 24.
However, a series insider claimed Rollins would be experiencing a “traumatic event” early into the season.
Anyhow, it remains to be seen if this event will set the stage for her exit. Though no one knows how she will leave the show, it will surely affect her on-screen partner, Carisi (Peter Scanavino).
Kelli Giddish Announces Law & Order: SVU Season 24 Exit
Giddish shared a photo of her in character as Rollins, accompanied with a lengthy caption, announcing her exit.
“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. 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.
She also thanked everyone who had been part of her journey.
“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.”
Giddish joined Season 13 of the show in 2011. At the time, she went in with fellow newbie Danny Pino, who left the series in Season 16.
The two were set to fill the void Chis Meloni left after his exit.
Series’ Showrunner Responds to Angry Fans
Meanwhile, showrunner David Graziano responds to angry fans who filled the comment section of Giddish’s exit announcement.
“You might take a moment to entertain the idea that things are more complex than they appear in a world of emojis and tweets. 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.”
Law & Order: SVU Season 24 will premiere on Thursday, September 22.
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