Law & Order SVU: Why is Kelli Giddish leaving the show?

Law & Order SVU: Why is Kelli Giddish leaving the show?
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After 12 seasons, will Amanda Rollins leave the show? Continue reading to find out.

Kelli Giddish plays Amanda Rollins, a fictional character on the NBC police procedural drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 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.

After the character’s reportedly abrupt departure from the series, many fans have wondered what the current status of her character is or if the star will ever return to the series or not. The upcoming 24th season of Law & Order SVU is set to make its debut later this year.

Law & Order SVU: Why is Kelli Giddish leaving the show?

Many rumors surrounding Amanda Rollins’s role have gained momentum as Law & Order fans believe she might finally make a surprise comeback in the next season. Amanda will appear in a couple of episodes. We’ll see her for a few episodes as well as in the three-episode crossover with the other two Law & Order shows. The departure occurs sometime in Season 24.

According to Deadline, The actress joined the NBC drama in its 13th season and will depart in the middle of the upcoming 24th season. Speculation has been rampant of late that Giddish may be looking to turn in her badge, “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.

Law & Order SVU: Why is Kelli Giddish leaving the show?

“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.”

“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,” she continued. ‘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.” Take a look at the official post below: 


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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.”

Law & Order SVU: Why is Kelli Giddish leaving the show?

Where to stream Law & Order: SVU Season 24?

Law & Order: SVU Season 24 will air on NBC on Thursdays, September 22, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET, as one of three Law & Order shows airing that night. The viewers can also catch up with all the seasons of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on Peacock, Hulu Plus, and fuboTV.

All seasons of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 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. 

Law & Order SVU: Why is Kelli Giddish leaving the show?

Law and Order: SVU Official Synopsis

The official synopsis of the series states, “This series follows the Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the New York City Police Department that investigate sexually related crimes.

Law & Order SVU: Why is Kelli Giddish leaving the show?

Catch up on the previous season while you wait for more Law & Order: SVU Season 24 updates.