'Law & Order: SVU': Chris Meloni staying put

chris-meloni-svu.jpgContrary to a report that surfaced in February, Chris Meloni will not be leaving "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" at the end of the 12th season.

"It's lies. All lies. No," Meloni tells Us Magazine. An Australian newspaper had quoted him as saying, "I think 12 years is enough," but Meloni says that his words were taken out of context.

The 12th season will mark the end of Meloni's current contract with the show, but that doesn't mean he's ready to throw in the towel on Elliot Stabler. "When producers come back to me, you know, we can always talk," he says.

"SVU" has not yet been picked up for its 12th season, but it is expected to return. When asked if he'd stay on the show past his current contract, Meloni said, "Yeah. Why not?"

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