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.