Why did Detective Stabler leave SVU?

In an interview with The New York Post in July 2020, Meloni also revealed that he left SVU simply because he wanted “new adventures.” As fans remember, Stabler, who was married with five kids, left the series after retiring from the police force following a self-defense shooting in the season 12 finale.

How was Stabler written out of SVU?

Stabler was a lead for the first 12 seasons of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. As a result of Meloni’s sudden departure from the cast at the end of the SVU twelfth season, Stabler abruptly retires from the police force off-screen during the SVU Season 13 premiere.

Why is Elliot no longer on law and order?

The writers of SVU wrote off Meloni’s character in the first episode of Season 13, “Scorched Earth.” In the Season 12 finale, a lethal shootout took place in the squad room, during which Stabler shot and killed a young woman who had already managed to kill two others in the room. She died in his arms.

Why did Elliot leave in season 13?

However, Meloni’s salary negotiations for Season 13 stalled out: He reportedly wanted a pay increase, but the network wouldn’t budge and allegedly offered $8 million per year (which would have been a pay cut if the $400,000-per episode salary reports were accurate), so he walked.