Chris Meloni quits 'Law & Order: SVU'

Say goodbye to detective team <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/05/chris-meloni-leaving-law-order-svu-mariska-hargitay.html">Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler</a>. The duo, who have been fighting fake crimes together for 12 seasons on "Law & Order: <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV0000546" title="Law &amp;amp; Order: Special Victims Unit (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/law-%26-order%3A-special-victims-unit-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV0000546.topic">SVU</a>," is splitting up thanks to some drama happening off screen. Although details are still scarce, it looks like Chris Meloni, who plays Stabler, is exiting the show over a contract dispute. Meanwhile his costar <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002217" title="Mariska Hargitay" href="/topic/entertainment/television/mariska-hargitay-PECLB002217.topic">Mariska Hargitay</a> (Benson) <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/05/christopher-meloni-leaves-law-order-special-victims-unit-.html">plans to return</a>, but she may not appear in every episode.

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Say goodbye to detective team Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler. The duo, who have been fighting fake crimes together for 12 seasons on "Law & Order: SVU," is splitting up thanks to some drama happening off screen. Although details are still scarce, it looks like Chris Meloni, who plays Stabler, is exiting the show over a contract dispute. Meanwhile his costar Mariska Hargitay (Benson) plans to return, but she may not appear in every episode.

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