Law & Order: SVU Star Hargitay Speaks Out on Giddish’s Exit

In the ever-evolving landscape of television, character departures are an inevitable part of the journey, often leaving a bittersweet taste for both the cast and fans alike. Mariska Hargitay, the renowned actress and executive producer of the long-running crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (SVU), recently opened up about her co-star Kelli Giddish’s exit from the show, expressing her disappointment and a profound sense of loss.

Giddish, who portrayed the fan-favorite character of Detective Amanda Rollins for 12 seasons, had become an integral part of the SVU team, forging a powerful on-screen bond with Hargitay’s character, Captain Olivia Benson. Their dynamic duo, two flawed yet fiercely loyal women, resonated deeply with viewers, showcasing the strength of female friendship and camaraderie in the face of adversity.

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Hargitay, known for her dedication to the show and her advocacy for victims of sexual assault, admitted feeling “sore” about Giddish’s departure. “Kelli is my favorite actor to work with. Kelli is my heart. It’s a sore subject,” she confessed, her words carrying the weight of a profound emotional connection.

Despite her influential role as an executive producer, Hargitay acknowledged that she didn’t have enough say in the decision-making process regarding Giddish’s exit. “I have a lot of say on the show, but I didn’t have enough there. I don’t like not being listened to, especially when I’m right,” she expressed, revealing her frustration with the outcome.

The bond between Benson and Rollins transcended the screen, becoming a representation of the multifaceted nature of womanhood. Hargitay eloquently described their dynamic, stating, “That relationship was one of the most powerful relationships in television because you saw these two bad-a** women, so flawed and so there for each other.”2 11zon 11zon 6

Hargitay’s reflections shed light on the depth of her investment in the characters and their relationships, acknowledging the impact their portrayal had on viewers. “That kind of integration has been the most liberating, because I can cry and I can be a bad-a**, and scare the f*** out of you,” she elaborated, highlighting the complexities they embodied.

While Giddish’s decision to leave the show was ultimately her own, with the actress stating it was “time” to bring Rollins’ storyline to a close, Hargitay’s heartfelt words serve as a testament to the profound impact their on-screen partnership had on her and the show’s legacy.

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As SVU gears up for its 26th season, fans can take solace in the fact that Rollins’ story isn’t entirely over, as Giddish has already made three guest appearances in the current season, leaving the door open for future collaborations and the continuation of the powerful bond between these two remarkable characters.

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