(NEW YORK) -- Christopher Meloni has left Law & Order: SVU.
Meloni, who has played Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC police drama since it began in 1999, reportedly was unable to come to terms on a new agreement for the show's upcoming 13th season. Meloni's rep confirmed the news to E! Online, saying "It is true -- 12 great years and time for the next chapter."
Meloni's SVU co-star Ice T, who plays Det. Fin Tutuola, tweeted, "Honestly.. The news about Chris today was a BOMB to me too! Sad. But you never know what to expect in this TV bizz.... Stay tuned."
Co-star Mariska Hargitay will be returning for the show's 13th season, although her new contract cuts back on her on-screen time, at her request. Her absence will be explained by her character receiving a promotion.
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