Kelli Giddish didn’t want to leave Law & Order: SVU

If you have seen Law and order: SVU at any point in the past twelve years, you’re probably quite familiar with NYPD Detective Amanda Rollins. Kelli Giddish, who has played Rollins since the thirteenth season of Law and order: SVUannounced last week that she would be leaving the show, but according to Varietyit wasn’t entirely her choice.

Variety reported that Kelli Giddish is leaving Law and order: SVU was not a decision made by showrunner David Graziano, but rather by someone higher up. An insider said that “the company always seeks to keep the show as up-to-date and current as possible,“whatever that means. Variety also said that Mariska Hargitay, who has been with the series since day one and is an executive producer, tried to keep Kelli Giddish on the show but was unsuccessful. Salary negotiations were also said to play a role when a compromise could not be reached.

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,Kelli Giddish said in a statement when the announcement was first made. “I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the ‘Law & Order’ family for the past 12 years. There is simply no other character on television like Rollins. She has grown and changed and so have I. I started on this show when I was in my late 20’s and I’m thankful that 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 my co-stars, every single member of the crew and all the writers here for our incredible work together over the past 12 years. I’m so excited to take all the things I’ve learned in my time on ‘SVU’ and put them towards everything to come.

That Law and order franchise is still going fast; Actually the cast of all three Law and order shows (the original, SVUand Organized crime) will meet for a three-hour crossover event next month. The crossover will follow It. Frank Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) and Det. Jalen Shaw (Mehcad Brooks) as they track down a young girl’s killer. As the case becomes more complicated, Olivia Benson and Det. Elliot Stabler (Meloni) is called in to help. After key evidence reveals an international crime ring, Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and ADA Nolan Price (Hugh Dancy) seek justice.

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