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Why did Christopher Meloni leave SVU?

Christopher Meloni recently spoke out about the reason he left Law & Order: SVU 10 years ago, stating that it was due to a dispute with the producers.

Christopher Meloni’s exit from NBC’s Law & Order: SVU in 2011 came as shock to many, as the actor later announced that a contractual disagreement had resulted in him being written out of the show. The new season premiered on Thursday, 1 April 2021, and revealed that Christopher’s character, Elliot Staber, had made a comeback. This was a surprising revelation, seeing as he did not leave the production on good terms.

Ahead of his return, Christopher spoke to People magazine in February 2021, where he explained that he didn’t leave the show on good terms, and admitted to having regrets about the incident. He stated, “But for me, it was about how things fell out – and the word I’ll use is that it was inelegant. At the end of the day, how it was handled was, ‘Okay, see you later.’ So, I went, ‘That’s fine. We’re all big boys and girls here. See you later.’ And I was off on new adventures and doing what I wanted to do. Telling the stories, I wanted to tell.”

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