Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes are saying goodbye to “Law & Order: SVU”.
Hyder, who plays Officer Kat Tamin, and Barnes, who portrays Deputy Cheif Christian Garland, will not be part of season 23.
According to Deadline, the two hour premiere later this month will reveal their fate.
After news broke, Hyder took to social media to confirm that she is not returning but it also wasn’t her idea.
“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm Kat’s departure from the squad room,” Hyder wrote. “The decision was made above my pay grade. And wouldn’t have been my choice. But hey- that’s show biz for ya.
Hyder continued, “To anyone who felt represented by any part of Kat’s being or mission, please know that you will always have representation in me. Thank you to the SVUniverse for welcoming me with open arms. It’s been an experience that I have grown from greatly. And will never forget.”
— Jamie Gray Hyder 🇱🇧🇺🇸✨ (@JGHyder) September 4, 2021
Both stars first joined the NBC series in season 21, being promoted to regular cast members in season 22.
The premiere, titled “And the Empire Strikes Back”, guest stars Ben Rappaport, Terry Serpico and Octavio Pisano and will see how “Benson’s loyalty to Garland is tested.”
“Law & Order: SVU” is currently television’s longest running primetime live action series with a recent three year renewal guaranteeing the show will run until Season 24.
Elsewhere in the “Law & Order” universe, fans are eager for Christopher Meloni’s full return to “Law & Order: Organized Crime”.
The season 23 premiere of “Law & Order: SVU” airs Sept. 23 on NBC.