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D'Onofrio to quit Law & Order

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Sep 26, 2009 | 5:00am EDT

The Full Metal Jacket star will leave the show during an upcoming two-part season premiere; Jeff Goldblum will replace him on the hit show.

A statement from the actor, who played Detective Robert Goren in more than 130 episodes between 2001 and 2009, reads, "After eight seasons, and with the addition of Jeff Goldblum, now is the perfect time for me to explore other acting opportunities and I leave the show knowing it is in great hands with Jeff."

But he has assured fans his character won't be killed off: "I wouldn’t be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time."

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