TV News: Christopher Meloni Exits Law & Order: SVU

Christopher Meloni will not be report back for duty when Law & Order: Special Victims Unit launches its 13th season this fall. The actor has left the show which is finishing its12th season on NBC.

Protracted talks between the actor — who has played Detective Stabler since the NBC crime drama’s 1999 debut — and studio NBC Universal broke down on Tuesday, says a source. Franchise creator Dick Wolf is said to already be searching for a big name to bring in opposite the series’ female lead, Mariska Hargitay.

Hargitay’s own deal to return for Season 13 remains unaffected.


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