Yesterday “Law & Order SVU” star Kelli Giddish announced she’d be written out of the series sometime this season. She’s been on for 11 of the show’s 24.
The response has been interesting. It’s clear Giddish is not leaving of her own accord. Either she’s leaving in a contract dispute, or Dick Wolf Productions is cutting the show’s budget. Giddsh, Mariska Hargitay, and Ice T would be the top earners on the show.
Now “SVU” writers and producers are rallying to her side. Executive Producer Julie Martin wrote on Twitter, referring to Giddish’s character Rollins and her lover, ADA Carisi: “#Rollisi will have a happy ending. Stay tuned.”
How that would be possible without also writing out Carisi actor Peter Scanavino is unknown.
Just prior to that, Martin Tweeted:
“Thank you to the beautiful, kind, smart and outrageously talented @KelliGiddish words can’t describe what a joy and a privilege it has been to be by your side, learning and growing with Amanda Rollins for the past eleven seasons. The road will bring us together again. XO”
Kathy Dobie, an “SVU” writer posted:
“Working with @KelliGiddish has been one of the great joys of my life. We all love writing for her because Kelli can do anything. So out of this world talented and such a fun, hilarious, lovely, smart person. I’m going to miss the hell out of Kelli aka Detective Amanda Rollins.”
This poster, by @SVUwnyxER, has been framed and on the wall of my office for years. Writing for @kelligiddish was an unmitigated joy. She has always had perfect pitch, from first read-through to final take. I thank her for defining Rollins.
Godspeed Kelli. pic.twitter.com/gHgxVksbzG
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) August 25, 2022