Law and Order SVU: Christian Garland star breaks silence on exit ‘Don’t know why’

Demore Barnes addresses his Law and Order character’s exit

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Christian Garland (played by Demore Barnes) is the current Deputy Chief of the Special Victim Unit after taking over from William Dodds (Peter Gallagher). He quickly made an impression on the team as he helped to uncover a serial rapist targeting black men in gay bars. However, it’s been revealed Christian will not be sticking around for long and will leave Law and Order SVU in the season 23 premiere.

Christian joined the cast in season 21 as a recurring character before being bumped to a series regular.

However, his job appeared to be in jeopardy in the season 22 finale when he was chewed out by his bosses for apologising for systemic racism in the police forced.

His actions look set to have repercussions for Christian as he will bid farewell to the SVU team.

However, actor Demore is confused by his exit, admitting he’s not sure why he is being written out.

In an Instagram message, he said: “Hi everyone, thank you so much for your understanding and patience.

“I wanted to ensure I’m able to bring my level best in this statement to the SVU crew, my cast mates, NBC and Wolf entertainment and all of you.

“Yet, in the midst of what has transpired, there are things I know and thinks I don’t.

“What I know is that it is almost every actor’s desired rite of passage to appear on just one episode of SVU and yet, here I am, I’ve not only gone on to do more than one episode but I know I’ve done it with style.

“I also know, now on the other side of having made it through this past season of filming, in the midfield of cover with fear and without fallen colleagues, that I am honoured to have helped this storied franchise bridge its most difficult year in its record-breaking run. The show did it with style.”

Demore continued: “I also know that I’m proud to have played a role in SVU achieving its highest ratings this past season than its had in several years and that Garland and I were so very well-loved and embraced by you from day one.

“I also so very proud to have portrayed the first black Deputy Chief in SVU history. I also know I love and respect my cast mates.”

Demore went on to thank his co-stars, the writers and NBC for giving him the opportunity to have him as part as SVU.

However, addressing his exit, he explained his confusion: “Now, don’t get me wrong don’t just hear that I was happy to be here.

“That’s not what I’m saying because while I know you were happy I was here and I’m happy I was here, I also know you’re sad and surprised and I am too.

“I don’t totally know why this has happened but I also know that I hope, I hope Wolf Entertainment’s leadership in giving me opportunity to amplify a vital voice and story will result in many studios continuing to open doors of opportunity for others to do the same. This must continue.”

It’s not just Christian who is leaving the SVU franchise as Detective Kat Tamin is also leaving in the season 23 premiere.

Jamie Gray Hyder shared the news on Instagram, posting: “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 it wouldn’t have been my choice but hey – that’s showbiz for ya. (Sic).”

Law and Order: SVU season 23 returns on September 23 on NBC

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