'SVU' shocker: Chris Meloni leaves 'Law & Order'

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Well, this is some sad news. TVLine reports that "Law & Order: SVU" star Christopher Meloni has left his post as Detective Elliot Stabler and will not be returning for the series' 13th season. According to the site, Meloni was still in talks with NBC Universal about a return deal as late as Tuesday, but negotiations broke down and series creator Dick Wolf is now looking for a replacement.Producers are hoping to replace Meloni with a "big name," which is probably a good thing, as he'll have some very big shoes to fill. Meloni, along with co-star Mariska Hargitay, has been a central figure of the series since it began in 1999.The Season 12 finale ended when, in a shocking stand-off, Stabler was forced to shoot an armed teenage girl who had opened fire on her mother's murderer (among others) in the Special Victims Unit squad room. The event left both Stabler and Benson visibly...


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