Mariska Hargitay Bids Farewell to Christopher Meloni

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Considering how upset Law & Order: SVU fans over the departure of Christopher Meloni, imagine how it affects co-star Mariska Hargitay.

Actually, you don't need to imagine. The Emmy winner provided a statement to TV Line today that reads:

“For the past 12 years Chris 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.”

Mariska Hargitay and Meloni

So are we. We're also curious about who will replace him. Which of these actors would make the best fit?

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No one is irreplaceable. And Chris, the last two seasons was very bad. The Eliot ceased to be a tough detective. He always seemed sarcastic, ironic when interrogating suspects. And Cris is bald and ugly.


Totally agree with Lisa no one can replace Meloni, such a great actor.


No one can replace Christopher Meloni on SVU. No one. Without both him and Mariska Hargitay onscreen, I'm no longer watching.


This is going to be one sad year of Law and Order: SVU. :(


I wanted to see El and Liv kiss for one episode :( Good luck Meloni, gonna miss you so much :'(


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