LAW and Order fans are furious after NBC decided to cut out an emotional scene from its big crossover premiere event.
After the major Rollisi – Rollins and Carisi – scene aired on TV, the company has decided to scrap it from streaming and future airings.
On Thursday, NBC held a huge, three-show crossover event for its Law and Order franchise, with the original series, SVU, and Organized Crime all taking part.
Toward the end of the three-hour broadcast, the beloved character Det. Amanda Rollins (played by Kelli Giddish) was shot.
Fans watched as she fell to the ground, bleeding out from her abdomen, before being taken away in an ambulance.
In the version that originally aired, her boyfriend Dominick “Sonny” Carisi (Peter Scanavino) then soon arrived at the scene where his girlfriend had been shot.
With an injured Rollins already sent away in an ambulance, Carisi stood there scared over how this all might end for the woman he loves.
Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson tried to console him and give him hope.
She told him: “Amanda is a very strong woman. And if anyone can survive a gunshot wound, we both know that she can.”
Carisi looked pained as he fought back tears and tried to convince himself of what Benson was telling him.
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“You’re right, you’re right,” he said, before fully starting to cry, leading Benson to hug him during the heartbreaking scene.
Though the scene was short, it was an emotional one featuring characters that fans love and about a relationship that fans love, which is why viewers were furious after it was cut from the streaming version.
For those who didn’t catch the episode on TV, it was not part of the version that was released to NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock.
An insider told TVLine that the portion of the scene was deleted in order to make the episode a bit shorter for both streaming and syndication.
This would help make room for a short recap at the start of the episode, as this was part of a crossover event and not a normal standalone episode.
One fuming fan wrote: “LAME. Peacock should still show it in entirety since it’s a streaming service.
“But to seriously cut the one scene that shows the emotional fallout of Rollins getting shot is insane.”
Another slammed: “The disrespect is real!”
“NOT NBC CUTTING A ROLLISI SCENE AGAIN GRR,” a third upset viewer tweeted.
A fourth insist: “Even though it’s brief it’s an important scene!”
Adding to the fan anger over the deletion of this specific scene is the fact that one half of Rollisi – Rollins – is leaving the show very soon.
Last month, the character’s portrayer, Kelli, announced on Instagram that this would be her final season on the long-running series.
She wrote in an emotional caption: “I wanted to address the chatter I’ve seen online and let everyone know that this will, indeed, be my last season on ‘Law & Order: SVU.’
“Playing Rollins has been one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life. I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the ‘Law & Order’ family for the last 12 years.
“There is simply no other character on TV like Rollins. She’s grown and changed, and I have as well.”
Kelli continued: “I started on this show when I was in my late 20s and I’m grateful I got to spend so many of my adult years with Rollins in my life.
“I want to thank Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay, Warren Leight, Peter Jankowski, NBC, Universal Television, all of my co-stars, every single member on the crew and all the writers here for our incredible work together these last 12 years.
“I’m so excited to take all the things I have learned in my time on ‘SVU’ and put them toward everything that’s next to come.”
Shortly after the announcement, it was revealed that her departure from Law and Order was not her choice.
Multiple sources told Variety that the decision wasn’t made by showrunner David Graziano but instead by higher-ups.
The insiders told the outlet that the company’s desire to keep SVU as current and fresh as possible played a role in the decision, as did contract negotiations involving salary.
Fans immediately became furious over the news, as Kelli has been with the show since 2011, and viewers didn’t want to see her go – especially not on her own terms.
Now, fans feel like salt is being thrown into their wound after it was a Rollisi scene that was chosen to be edited out in order to reportedly help cut down on the episode’s runtime for streaming and syndication.
One upset fan said they probably came up with the idea to do this “wherever @WolfEnt and @nbc came up with the idea to fire Kelli.”
They added: “That scene should have never been cut from streaming. Like come on now.”
A second blasted: “Sadly, I’m not surprised. Rollins and Carisi were the levity of #SVU.
“This has been happening since around season 17/season 18 with cutting Carisi scenes.
“Very disappointed. It is clear what some of the producers/writers want with his character.”