Hold on to your ears, Law & Order: SVU fans. Loud-mouthed comedian Gilbert Gottfried — known primarily for naughty Comedy Central roasts, voicing the obnoxious parrot in Disney's Aladdin and getting fired as the Aflac duck — is bringing his 'beloved' voice to the long-running NBC procedural.
Executive producer Warren Leight explains to me he was looking for a colorful character to take the snooze factor away from a new under-appreciated technical IT character in the precinct. "Those scenes can be dry, so I thought he'd be interesting," says Warren, who imagines he'll be bringing back Gilbert's character (tentatively named Leo Gerber) "from time to time."
Gilbert shares his first scenes with Detectives Rollins (Kelli Giddish), Amaro (Danny Pino) and Tutuola (Ice-T) in this season's ninth episode — titled "Lost Traveler" — scheduled to air on November 30.