In early September, showrunners announced that both Demore and Jamie Gray Hyder, who plays Detective Katriona “Kat” Azar Tamin, are leaving the series and will make their final appearances in the Season 23 premiere. Both Demore and Jamie expressed that they were just as shocked by the news as viewers and have since addressed their departure from the SVU cast on social media.
Demore, who recently experienced a family tragedy, thanked fans for support as he focuses on his personal life. The SVU actor tweeted a message that read, “Try as we may, there is never a good time for us to bare [sic] or receive bad news,” he began. Just prior to filming my final day on the show, my wife and I learned of the death of her dad. So, I will take a few days to prepare my personal statement regarding the show’s recent news.”
There’s no clear indication of how showrunners will write his character out of the show, but we have a feeling that his exit will likely revolve around his newfound health problems or his potential demotion.
After his short-lived run on the show, fans are sad to see Garland go. But fans will have one last chance to say goodbye in the Season 23 premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which airs on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.