Kelli Giddish, a star of Law & Order: SVU, bids her fans farewell as she leaves the programme after 12 seasons. Since 2011, Giddish has played Detective Amanda Rollins in the crime drama. Viewers got to see her develop into her position at the Manhattan Special Victims Unit over time as she went from an overly enthusiastic rookie investigator to an experienced Detective in Second Grade. However, Giddish informed her fans on August 24 that season 24 of Law & Order: SVU would be her last. Giddish made his final appearance as Rollins on December 8 when the episode “And a Trauma in a Pear Tree” aired.
Before the programme aired, Giddish posted a tearful farewell to her Law & Order: SVU fans on Instagram. She expressed her gratitude in a succinct but heartfelt manner and accompanied it with several heartwarming images of her with her co-stars. Many of her co-stars and admirers paid tribute to her and her legendary depiction of Rollins over the years as she published her message.
While Giddish didn’t give many details when she announced her goodbye, it was believed that her removal was ordered by the “higher-ups” of the show. Sadness at Giddish’s departure swiftly gave way to chagrin as claims appeared that she was forced out of Laws & Order: SVU. Despite being a mainstay on Law & Order: SVU for so long, it was claimed that she didn’t have a choice and didn’t leave the show of her own free will. Who ultimately demanded the deletion of Giddish is unknown. It was not, according to reports, David Graziano, the new showrunner who replaced Warren Leight with Law & Order: SVU season 24. It was also asserted that Mariska Hargitay, one of SVU’s stars, had defended Giddish and campaigned for her to remain on the programme. Giddish ultimately left the show nevertheless, indicating that the actors and showrunner had little influence over the higher-ups who stood by their choice.
Why is Giddish leaving Law & Order: SVU?
The creators reportedly had a different idea of what Law & Order: SVU would become. They reportedly left behind some of the show’s enduring characters in order to keep things fresh and as up-to-date as possible. There were rumours that the decision to fire Giddish was influenced by wage discussions. Fans were furious by these stories and attacked NBC for the decision, which even started Twitter trends. Rollins’ departure from the programme left a number of gaps that won’t be quickly remedied. A trauma survivor character who had gained popularity with viewers despite the show’s harsher and gritty themes was also eliminated. For Law & Order: SVU fans, Giddish’s resignation was a significant loss in and of itself, but the possibility that she may have been driven out has made it even harder to accept her departure.
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