SVU Showrunner Responds to Kelli Giddish’s “Complex" Exit

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Law and Order: SVU showrunner David Graziano responds to angry fans who blame him and Dick Wolf for Kelli Giddish’s departure.

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit showrunner David Graziano is addressing Kelli Giddish‘s sudden exit.

The writer, who took over showrunning duties from Warren Leight in June, weighed in on Kelli’s departure in the comments section of her Aug. 24 Instagram post announcing the news. “You might take a moment to entertain the idea that things are more complex than they appear in a world of emojis and tweets,” David wrote. “All I’ll say is Kelli has handled this with the most incredibly classy comportment.”

He continued, “She is, without a doubt, one of the finest industry professionals I’ve come across in my 24 years of writing for television. I’m saddened by her looming exit. It’ll be my lucky day if I ever get to write for her again.”

E! News reached out to Kelli’s reps for comment and didn’t hear back.

While David shared that he is saddened that he and Law & Order creator Dick Wolf are being criticized for Kelli’s departure, he said, “It’s an unfortunate thing to get the blame, but it’s part of the job.”

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The writer noted that he’s used to receiving mean comments as he has vitiligo, a skin pigment condition that impacts skin color. “I’ve been made fun of most of my life for having vitiligo,” David wrote. “These spots have made me strong. If it makes you feel better to lash out at something, I suppose it’s better than a puppy. I can take it.”

Kelli, meanwhile, hasn’t publicly addressed David’s comments.

In her post announcing her departure, Kelli said she was looking forward to future projects, writing, “I’m so excited to take all the things I have learned in my time on SVU and put them toward everything that’s next to come.”

However, fans haven’t seen the last of Detective Amanda Rollins. Giddish said she will appear on Law & Order: SVU‘s 24th season, which premieres on NBC Sept. 22.

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