Why is Kat leaving Law & Order: SVU?

SEASON 23 of Law and Order is coming without some of the show's beloved characters.

The show first premiered in September 1999, andit was named the longest running primetime US live action series in the history of TV in September 2016.

Why is Kat leaving Law & Order: SVU?

Jamie Gray Hyder, the actress who plays detective Kat Tamin, explained in a tweet that the decision to write her character off was not her own.

"The decision was made above my pay grade, and wouldn't have been my choice," wrote Hyder. "but hey – that's show biz for ya."

Along with Kat, deputy chief Christian Garland will also be written out of season 23.

Why was Kat's role so important to viewers?

In Law & Order: SVU, Kat is bisexual. She was the show's first LGBT officer and second LGBT main character.

“To anyone who felt represented by any part of Kat’s being or mission, please know that you will always have representation in me,” expressed Hyder.

Similar to her character on the show, Hyder revealed she has been involved with both men and women in her personal life.

How was Kat written out of the show?

Kat almost died when she was shot in the chest while trying to locate a young girl in danger. Her heart stopped in the ambulance, but she survived the attack.

She decided to leave the NYPD after the incident, as the experience made her question whether she was in the right field.

How can I watch Law & Order: SVU?

In February 2020, NBC handed down multi-year renewal to Dick Wolf's Law & Order SVU and One Chicago.

The mega-deal guarantees SVU through season 24, as the series will hit a milestone 500th episode during its 23rd season.

Folks can watch the new season of Law & Order: SVU on NBC,the NBC website by logging into their TV provider or by signing up for Peacock.

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