Though "" began as a spinoff of the original "Law & Order," it has since eclipsed its progenitor, becoming the longest-running live-action drama to ever air on TV. Given that the series is in the midst of its 23rd season and showing no signs of slowing down, this is a record it's likely to hold for some time.
Of course, amidst such a considerable run, its cast has seen its fair share of comings and goings. One notable example was , bringing what was then a nearly 12 year tenure to an end. Fortunately, fans of Stabler can now watch the character on new spinoff series "Law & Order: Organized Crime," albeit with
Comparatively, Kat Tamin actor Jamie Gray Hyder doesn't appear to be so lucky. Though she only just left "Law & Order: SVU" in advance of its Season 23 premiere earlier this year, a Meloni-esque return seems entirely unlikely in her case.
On September 3, a couple of weeks before its premiere, announced that Season 23 of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" would air sans Jamie Gray Hyder and Christian Garland actor Demore Barnes. The following day, Hyder shared her perspective on this development to her personal
A couple months later, Hyder elaborated on her "SVU" departure in an interview with , when asked how she felt about the end of Kat's time on the series. "The No. 1 thing you have to learn, if you want to go into show business, is that a majority of decisions that are made that impact you usually have nothing to do with you," Hyder said. "It's a hard reality, but one that you're serving yourself better the sooner you can get that in your head."
So, while the exact reason for "Law & Order: SVU" continuing without Hyder remains a mystery, it's relatively safe to assume that if its producers don't want Kat back for another season now, she's most likely gone for good.