Law & Order: SVU Actress Marika Hargitay talks about the departure of series star Kelly Gidish ahead of season 24 of the series. Gidish, who has played detective Amanda Rollins since 2011, announced in August that she was leaving the series after 12 seasons.
“Oh my God, Kelly. I love Kelly, she’s my girl,” said Hargitay, who is also an executive producer on “SVU,” ET. “She’s one of my favorite actors that I’ve worked with before, and we have to build something really beautiful together and really earn it together because our characters have had such a great journey. It wasn’t that easy at first and then we just fell into that beautiful safety, trust.”
She continued, “It was hard. I will miss it because she was my go-to, my right hand, the woman I could talk to. Olivia Benson is right there taking care of others, and she was someone who took care of me and my back. It’s different to have a woman support your back because it’s a different perspective.”
“I will miss her very much, but she is a friend for life and I am glad our paths crossed, and I know they will continue to cross,” Hargitay said.
In August, Gidish took to Instagram to announce her departure from the show, writing, “I wanted to talk about the gossip 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. I have been very fortunate to be a part of the “Law & Order” family for the past 12 years. There is simply no other character on TV like Rollins. I’ve grown and changed, and so am I. I started on this show when I was in my late twenties and I’m grateful to have had so many years of adulthood with Rollins in my life.”
“I would like to thank Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay, Peter Jankowski, NBC, Universal Television, all my co-stars, every crew member and all the writers here for our amazing work together over the past 12 years. I am so excited to take in all the things I’ve learned in My time on SVU and put into whatever is to come.”
Giddish’s Rollins has long been a fan favorite and the announcement of her departure received a huge backlash, with some reports suggesting the exit was neither Giddish’s choice, nor a decision made by new SVU model David Graziano. Graziano also spoke about the decision, calling it “more complicated” than it sounds, while also praising Gidish as one of the “best professionals in the field”.
“You might take a moment to think about the idea that things are more complicated than they seem in a world of emojis and tweets,” Graziano wrote. “All I’m going to say is that Kelly has handled this very elegantly. She is without a doubt one of the best professionals in the field I’ve come across in my 24 years of writing for television. I grieved for her impending director. It would be my lucky day if I could write for her again.” .
Law & Order: SVU will premiere Season 24 on NBC on September 22 at 9 p.m. EST.