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Ice-T calls out Kelli Giddish’s law and order: SVU departure is a ‘sad thing’

Ice-T and Kelli Giddish in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. (Photo: BNC)

Fans aren’t the only ones upset over Kelli Giddish’s departure Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Giddish co-star and friend Ice-T tell people that calls “from above” resulted in Giddish leaving the show, and that the decision “came from the top of the mountain”. Still, he was blindsided by the news. “When I heard about it, I called to check my pulse, like, ‘What’s going on?'” he recalled. “But it’s our business, and they shuffle the cards from time to time.”

“It’s a sad thing,” said the 64-year-old. “Me and Kelli were friends – dog friends and all that. We became close. Kelli has been here for 10 years.”

Ice-T also revealed that Giddish’s final episode hadn’t been filmed yet and he wouldn’t believe she was really gone until it was all over. “I’m not even sure she’s gone until they shoot this episode,” he said. “…We never know.”

Giddish announced last month that she would be leaving the show after 12 seasons, sparking an outcry from fans. The official reason for his departure is not known.

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Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and hosting dad-aged celebrities. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.