Chris Meloni Leaving SVU?

Entertainment May. 24, 2011 AT 8:19PM
Chris Meloni Leaving SVU? Credit: Mark Von Holden/WireImage.com

So long, Stabler!

Chris Meloni will not be returning to Law & Order: SVU for it's 13th season in the fall, TVLine reports.

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The 50-year-old actor has played Detective Elliot Stabler since the NBC crime drama's 1999 debut.

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Earlier this month, sources told Deadline that Mariska Hargitay was signed on for the upcoming season, but only for the first 13 episodes. After that, her character -- Detective Olivia Benson -- would be promoted to a higher position and a new detective, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt, would take her place.

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Tell Us: Would you still watch SVU without Chris Meloni? 

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