Meloni’s ‘Law & Order’ Mystery

Mystery surrounds actor Christopher Meloni‘s shocking announcement that he’s leaving hit cop drama Law & Order: SVU after show producer Neal Baer dismissed the story.

His denial comes as Australia’s Courier-Mail newspaper pulls the article, featuring Meloni’s statement, from its Web site.

Meloni reportedly told the publication he’d be stepping down as Det. Eliot Stabler in 2011, stating, “Twelve years is enough”.

But, asked if the story was for real, Baer says, “No”.

Meloni has been a part of the drama since it launched in 1999.

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