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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Law & Order: SVU Quotes

Sara: Yeah, I definitely talked to him.
Benson: Okay well we spoke to him as well and he said that you two had consensual sex.
Sara: We did? Well, I don't remember that, or anything else for that matter. Okay, is that it?
Benson: No, there's one more thing. Sara, the lab results came back and it showed two separate semen samples.
Sara: Two samples. Are you saying two men raped me?

I'm not a victim.

Paula