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Benson and Stabler Back at It! SVU's Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni Reunite

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Benson and Stabler Back at It! SVU's Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni Reunite

Originally posted 03/11/2016 12:30PM

Members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit are together again. This is this their story.

Okay, so it's not quite time to cue the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit theme song, but days after former leading man Christopher Meloni shot down rumors he'd return for the long-running crime drama, he reunited with on-screen partner (and current star) Mariska Hargitay.

"Meeting peeps NYC #hanginWithAFriend," Meloni, 54, cheekily captioned a selfie of the two Friday.

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Christopher Meloni Denies Rumor That He's Returning to SVU

Originally posted 03/08/2016 10:55AM

The NYPD's dream team isn't returning to the small screen anytime soon.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit alum Christopher Meloni broke fans' hearts Monday during an appearance on HuffPost Live, saying reports that he'll come back to the beloved crime series alongside star Mariska Hargitay are false.

"No. I heard that rumor along with everybody else," Meloni, 54, said with a bemused smile. "I have no idea where that came from or what that's about, but I don't know."

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Christopher Meloni on His New Film They Came Together and His Cult Classic Wet Hot American Summer

Christopher Meloni on His New Film They Came Together and His Cult Classic Wet Hot American Summer

Originally posted 06/27/2014 11:45AM

Christopher Meloni is likely most immediately familiar to fans as Detective Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but he also has a diverse career that includes voiceover work and plenty of offbeat comedies.

Meloni's newest film, They Came Together, is a comedy from Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain and finds him reunited with other Wet Hot alums like Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. We talked to Meloni about the new film, Law & Order, and that one time a guy thought he was Elias Koteas.

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Mariska Hargitay Will Miss Chris Meloni Terribly | Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Mariska Hargitay Will Miss Chris Meloni Terribly

Originally posted 05/28/2011 08:45AM

One of TV's longest-running – and hottest-looking – couples are to be no more.

This week brought the official announcement from NBC that Christopher Meloni, who has played Detective Stabler on Law & Order: SVU since the series began in 1999, will not be back for a 13th season this fall. Contract talks reportedly broke down.

That leaves his costar, Mariska Hargitay, partner-less. But the week also brought the unsettling news that the actress will be not be appearing in all of next season's episodes.

Regarding the departure of her costar, Hargitay – who plays Detective Olivia Benson – said in a statement released late Friday:

"For the past 12 years Chris Meloni has been my partner and friend, both on screen and off. He inspired me every day with his integrity, his extraordinary talent and his commitment to the truth. I love him deeply and will miss him terribly – I'm so excited to see what he'll do next."
Stephen M. Silverman

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Is Christopher Meloni Leaving Law & Order: SVU?

Is Christopher Meloni Leaving Law & Order: SVU?

Originally posted 05/25/2011 02:50PM

When Law & Order: SVU returns for its 13th season in the fall, it looks like one cop will have turned in his badge.

Christopher Meloni, who has played Detective Stabler since the series began in 1999, is leaving the show after contract talks broke down, according to TVLine.

There's been no official comment yet from NBC. But the search reportedly is now on for a new partner for Mariska Hargitay.

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Hargitay, Meloni Back For More Law & Order

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Hargitay, Meloni Back For More Law & Order

Originally posted 06/29/2009 06:00PM

After months of reportedly tense contract negotiations, Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni – stars of Law & Order: SVU – have agreed to return to the popular NBC crime drama for another season, a rep for the show tells PEOPLE.

The agreement means that starting in the fall, SVU will begin its 11th season with Hargitay and Meloni as stars. While terms of the deal have not been disclosed, both stars were reportedly earning $385,000 per episode before a new deal was struck.

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