Chris Meloni to Quit 'Law and Order: SVU' After 12 Years

Chris Meloni to Quit 'Law and Order: SVU' After 12 Years

Mariska Hargitay reckons that her character Olivia Benson will be devastated if Meloni's Elliot Stabler is no longer in the unit.

There's a word in the air that Christopher Meloni is leaving "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" after more than a decade playing Detective Elliot Stabler. An Australian paper, Courier-Mail reported that Meloni will take his final bow in the 12th season which production begins later this year and which episodes will run through Spring 2011.

"I think 12 years is enough, a good number," the actor is quoted as telling the paper. As for how his exit story will go, Meloni admits he has doubts whether they would keep the character alive or dead. "The writers will have fertile ground to figure out how to arc [Elliot] out to another place - whether it's this world or the next," he says.

Meloni's post-"SVU" plans include engaging in theater work and doing "guerilla-style sleeper" movies. "It will be a very difficult transition," he figures. "I mean, Jesus Christ, every day when you get used to getting up early and working these hours."

Courier-Mail also hooked up Meloni's co-star Mariska Hargitay in a question, asking her what she would do when Meloni is out of the picture. Speaking about her character Detective Olivia Benson, she says, "I don't think she could be without him. She loves him, he's her other half."

NBC has not made a comment regarding the report.


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    Sep 17, 2010

    this isn't true. he's denied it.

    Sep 07, 2010

    oh my goodness i am fan of low and order svu and i love e/o too... if one of theme go away nothing would be the one cant replace elliot and olivia if the season 12 doesnt be the last the e/o should star together.. the people love them and elliot shouldnt leave..i realy wish this statement is false!!!:(:(:(:(

    Aug 04, 2010

    i will cry if this is true!!! it cant be, you must continue, there is no benson without stabler, and that is just how it goes! anyways, apparently there is a rumour about season 13 anyway, and elliot will be on it, im going to believe that one and not this one that crushs my hopes and dreams of elliot and olivia getting together!!!

    Jul 24, 2010

    Plzz not be true!!

    jeannie graves
    Feb 22, 2010

    chris please don,t leave svu a big fan of svu

    Feb 06, 2010

    What Rumor-Updater said is true, Ice T & Neal Baer confirmed that Chris is not leaving, what was said above is NOT true. Chris is staying on, thank god!

    Feb 06, 2010

    i hope this is not real!!!

    Feb 05, 2010

    Just so all you reading this knows, Neal Baer stated this report is false. Don't believe everything you read in the newspapers, people! Oh, and by the way: Author dearest, you spelled Elliot's name wrong.

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