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'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit'

Kelli GiddishChristopher MeloniChase (tv program)Cold Case (tv program)Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (tv program)Mariska Hargitay
Abruptly departed: Christopher Meloni Played: Detective Elliot Stabler Lasted: Twelve seasons (1999-2011) Why he left: The star left after contract negotiations fell through between him and the network. Mariska Hargitay, who signed on for a reduced role, further throws the stalwart series... Chris Haston / NBC