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