'Law and Order: SVU' Fans Are Devastated Over Mariska Hargitay's IG Tribute to Kelli Giddish

Photo credit: NBC/Instagram
Photo credit: NBC/Instagram

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Although the dynamic relationship between Law & Order SVU's Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Law & Order: Organized Crime star Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) can't be beaten, Olivia and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) might just come in at a close second. But soon, fans will sadly have to say goodbye to the Olivia-Rollins duo.

SVU viewers have been gutted since the announcement via Variety in late August that Kelli would be departing from the series after 12 years on the show. What's more, Mariska's recent Instagram post made things more heartbreaking for fans. The 58-year-old actress, who has been starring on the show since 1999, showed some love to the #Rollivia relationship with photos of the two from the most recent episode of season 24.

In reaction to the post, one fan wrote, "I'm already sad. How can they break up this duo? It just won't be the same without her... 💔." "Do I start crying now?😢," commented another. One person said, "Absolute icons! I’ll miss seeing this duo next season!"

Both women have been public about how much they enjoy working with each other. Mariska previously told Entertainment Tonight that Kelli is one of her "favorite actors" she's even gotten to work with. "We got to build something really beautiful together and really learned together because our characters had quite a journey," Mariska added.

In October of last year, Kelli told Smashing Interviews Magazine that her favorite scenes are the ones she shoots with Mariska. "Those scenes are what I look forward to most in doing the show now because there’s some magic that happens between me and Mariska, two strong women.”

Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin
Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin

Despite being sad about leaving, in a statement provided by NBC to Variety, Kelli made it clear that she's walking away from SVU feeling thankful. "Playing Rollins has been one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life. I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the Law & Order family for the last 12 years. There is simply no other character on TV like Rollins. She’s grown and changed, and I have as well. I started on this show when I was in my late 20s and I’m grateful I got to spend so many of my adult years with Rollins in my life."

Kelli's last episode is expected to be sometime in the first half of season 24. But until then we're happy scrolling through more photos of #Rollivia.

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