Christopher Meloni was an original member of the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and had been one of the most defining characters on the show for many years. After spending 12 seasons on the show, his character Elliot Stabler had his final Law & Order: SVU appearance in the finale.
Elliot Stabler and the incomparable Olivia Benson (played by Mariska Hargitay), shared an amazing chemistry on-screen and remained the perfect matchups as partners on the NYC police force. Since the show’s inception in 1999, the duo was cast to play the front runners as the key detectives in the NYPD’s sex crimes unit and the show was quick to gain popularity among fans. After winning over the viewers for more than a decade, the series has been recently renewed for a record-breaking 21st season on NBC.
Christopher Meloni decided to quit the show before the filming of the 13th season. Rumours indicate that the actor and producers weren’t able to reach an agreement surrounding the former’s contract which led him to move on and seek other opportunities.
Meloni had been replaced by Detective Nick Amaro, portrayed by Danny Pino. Although Detective Olivia Benson still plays the leading actress on the show.
Elliot Stabler’s last moments in the series have been quite dramatic. He exited the show at the end of the last season without any closure that left fans hoping for a return of some sort in the future. However, as we know now, Christopher Meloni has officially resigned off-camera and does not even plan on a future comeback.
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