A long time ago Law and order- SVU Showrunner Warren Leight has shared his thoughts on the upcoming departure of cast member Kellie Giddish, who announced she was leaving the show after 12 seasons.
“Writing for Kelli Giddish has been an absolute joy,” Leight wrote on Instagram Thursday. “She was always in perfect pitch, from the first read to the last take. Thank you for defining Rollins. Good speed, Kelli.”
Giddish later responded to Leight’s post in an Instagram story, writing, “I never took lightly becoming a character that you created and wrote year after year.”
Leight has held two stints as showrunner CSR, the first at the beginning of Season 13, when the drama had just lost co-lead Christopher Meloni. He rejoined CSR in 2019 for the show’s 21st season, ending in May after a three-season run.
Giddish, who plays detective Amanda Rollins, joined the NBC drama in its 13th season and will depart midway through the upcoming 24th season.
CSR’New showrunner David Graziano responded to Giddish’s announcement on his Instagram page on Wednesday, writing, “You can take a moment to ponder the idea that in a world of emoji and tweets, things are more complex than they seem . All I want to say is that Kelli handled this with the most incredible elegance. She is without a doubt one of the finest industry professionals I have come across in my 24 years as a television writer. I am sorry for your imminent departure. It will be my lucky day if I ever write for her again.”
Graziano chimed in after an angry backlash from fans over Giddish’s imminent departure, some of whom pointed fingers at him.
Announcing her decision to leave the show, Giddish noted that playing Rollins was one of the highlights of her life.
“I wanted to address the chatter I’ve been seeing online and let everyone know that this will indeed be my final season at Law & Order- SVU,” she said in a statement. “Playing Rollins has been one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life. I have been fortunate to have been part of the Law & Order family for the past 12 years. There’s just no other character on television like Rollins. She’s grown and changed, and so have I. I started on this show in my late 20s and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to spend so many of my adult years with Rollins in my life.”