Chris Meloni Leaving ‘SVU’


Chris Meloni will not return to “Law & Order: SVU” this fall. Contract negotiations broke down between NBC and Meloni just a week after NBC chief Robert Greenblatt announced that a deal was “nearly done.”

The Emmy-nominated actor, who has co-starred opposite Mariska Hargitay since the show’s inception in 1999, will not return for the show’s 13th season…

At his upfront presentation for advertisers in New York, Greenblatt added that the network had plans to “reset the tone” of the series. With new showrunner Warren Leight replacing Neal Baer this fall, the stories would “still be compelling but a little more grounded,” he said. [THR]

It just doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s not like Meloni’s such a star that he’ll make more money doing movies. I think staying on NBC would have been the “Stabler” career move. *bowtie spins* Thanks, folks. Tip your waitress.