Kelli Giddish was not happy with the SVU's 'Law & Order' Exit

Variety learned that Kelli Gideish's exit from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” was not her decision.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the "SVU' shake-up was a call from above. One insider stated that the company strives to keep the show as current, up-to date, and relevant as possible.


Mariska Hargitay, who is both star and executive producer on Dick Wolf's drama, as well at least one other producers, pushed to keep Giddish on this procedural.

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Giddish made clear her decision to leave in a statement released Wednesday. She said, "let everybody know that this will indeed be my last season of 'Law & Order: SVU'

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Over the last 12 years, it has been a privilege to be a part 'Law & Order. Rollins is a unique character. Rollins has evolved and changed.


Graziano, who was named the new showunner following Warren Leight's departure after Season 23, reacted to the news after angry fans started tagging Graziano in social media messages.


Without doubt, she is among the best industry professionals that I have encountered in my 24 year career of writing television.


Giddish was among the other series regulars for Season 13 in 2011. Scanavino's Carisi began a relationship romantically with Rollins following the conclusion of the last season.