Is Kelli Giddish’s “Law & Order: SVU” exit really coming soon? Here is everything we know so far.
Attention! Fans of Amanda Rollins, mark your calendars for December 8, 2022. Kelli Giddish, who portrays the popular investigator on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, will finally be departing from the show in the coming month. The actress joined the NBC drama in its 13th season, where she plays a fictional character on the NBC police procedural drama Law & Order: SVU, portrayed by Kelli Giddish. Rollins is a detective with the Manhattan Special Victims Unit at the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department.
There are currently no additional details available regarding that episode. But it also implies that Giddish will appear as a guest star on Law & Order: SVU later this season, implying that SVU can’t be cutting Rollins and that her romance with Carisi (Peter Scanavino) may continue off-screen. The Law & Order franchise is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.
However, as highlighted by TV Insider, Rollins’ situation on SVU isn’t looking bright right now. In the inaugural crossover with Law & Order and Organized Crime, she was wounded while shielding a witness. When she returned to work, she confessed to Captain Olivia Benson how irresponsible she’d been with her life. Benson understood: She recognized she now had something to lose. The next episode saw Rollins in treatment despite missing sessions, then drawing her gun as her girls cried from the bedroom. She was well aware that she had frightened them.
In fact, later, she waited around for Carisi to finish his work because “I don’t want to be alone” and “boring’s … about all I can handle right now.” Though she was worried about messing up their relationship, he assured her she hadn’t yet. But could one of Rollins’ lines from the third episode – “Why does it not feel like enough?” she asked Carisi after being unable to stop a victim from returning to her abusive boyfriend – be setting up how SVU will write her out?
Maybe she decides she needs to take time away from the NYPD. And then the only question will be how she ends up back in its orbit for her Organized Crime guest spot unless she’s simply switching units. We’ll have to wait and see.
According to Deadline, “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,” she said in a statement. Moreover, Giddish told fans in August that season 24 would be her last on her Instagram handle. Take a look at the post below:
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She addressed her fans, quoting, “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,” she said in a statement. “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.”
Further adding, “I want to thank Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay, Warren Leight, Peter Jankowski, NBC, Universal Television, all of my co-stars, every single member of 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 at ‘SVU’ and put them toward everything that’s next to come.”
Additionally, the showrunner David Graziano posted a comment after using the crying emoji in response to Giddish’s Instagram statement, quoting, “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 on Giddish’s IG page. “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 for television. I’m saddened by her looming exit. It’ll be my lucky day if I ever get to write for her again.”
It is also reported that following the news, multiple sources confirmed to Variety that Giddish did not want to leave the procedural, but it was a call made from above in order to keep the show current. Hargitay, who is also an executive producer, tried to keep her on the show.
Where to stream Law & Order: SVU Season 24?
Law & Order: SVU Season 24 has started to air on NBC on Thursdays, at the usual time slot of 9/8c, as one of three Law & Order shows airing that night. The viewers can also catch up with all the seasons of Law & Order: SVU on Peacock, Hulu Plus, and fuboTV.
All seasons of Law & Order: SVU is also available for renting or purchasing on Vudu or Amazon Instant Video, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on NBC’s official website for free, where the episodes are published after they air on the TV channel.
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Law and Order: SVU Official Synopsis
The official synopsis of the series states, Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” now in its 22nd season, is the longest-running primetime live-action series of all time. This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC’s “Law & Order” brand chronicles the lives of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate crimes of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence.
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