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Chris Meloni leaving 'Law & Order: SVU' after contract expires

May 25, 2011 |  3:00 pm

Chris Meloni is leaving Law & Order SVU Chris Meloni is holstering his "Law & Order: SVU" gun for good -- the actor won't come back to the successful series when it returns this fall.

Details are scarce on his departure, but one report suggested neither Meloni or network NBC could agree on a new contract.

Talks between the two parties "broke down," this week, according to TV Line, and creator Dick Wolf is allegedly already shopping for a new star to play opposite Mariska Hargitay.

One name being kicked around is Jennifer Love Hewitt. Who do you think would be a good Meloni replacement? Tell us in comments. 


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Photo: Chris Meloni attends a screening of the film "Submarine" in New York City Sunday. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images