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Law & Order: SVU fans were devastated last week when Kelly Giddish officially left the drama after 12 seasons — and they weren't the only ones. Marika Hargitay echoed their feelings as she got emotional on Instagram while saying goodbye to her colleague and best friend .
In a new photo posted ahead of Kelly's final episode, Marika shared an emotional note to commemorate the duo's time on the NBC series. She also shared how much she enjoys telling exciting stories with him on the small screen. But the lead actress was quick to share how bittersweet the moment was.
"Kelly, I enjoyed playing, learning, growing, talking, laughing and crying with you," she wrote on Instagram on Dec. 8. Grow and grow. I love every minute and miss it very much. You have my respect, gratitude and love forever. hm"
Marika also highlighted her grief by adding the hashtag "#RolliviaForever" in reference to their characters Olivia Benson and Amanda Rollins.
Law & Order: SVU fans immediately sympathized with Marika when they saw her celebrating her longtime friend on social media. Many immediately went to the comments to express their opinion.
"30 minutes into the episode and I'm still crying while watching TV," wrote one person. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for fighting for Rollins to get the ending we, the audience, deserve after 12 years. God bless you ❤️,” replied another subscriber. "I will miss seeing Amanda and Olivia's relationship on screen 😭 it was such a pleasure to watch their journey together!" Added another fan.
Mariska's sincere message might have been enough, but she decided to go further. Shortly after her last appearance in the Law & Order universe, Kelly shared a photo of their characters bonding. “Hung on it. I love you kgid ♥️,” she captioned the photos.
As you know, Kelly's character had to be completely fired. While helping Olivia deal with her feelings for Stabler ( Christopher Meloni ), Rollins runs into Sonny Carisi ( Peter Scanavino ), a college forensic psychology professor.
Despite Kelly's sudden departure, the relationship between her and Mariska is sure to continue without the drama of the ceremony. Who knows, maybe we'll get an update on how Rollins is doing when the series returns on January 5th.
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