The Real Reason Kat Won't Be Returning To Law and Order SVU
2024/02/06

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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

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when contrasted with his previous "Law & Order" run.

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.

Jamie Gray Hyder was forced to leave SVU

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

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account. Her response predominately consisted of a screenshot of the article's headline and a personal statement reading in part, "It is with a heavy heart that I confirm Kat's departure from the squad room. The decision was made above my pay grade, and wouldn't have been my choice. But hey — that's show biz for ya."

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.

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