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Thompson Makes It Official: Off “Law & Order”

Creator Dick Wolf says he talked to Fred Thompson today and that he is off the show next season. It was no surprise, given Thompson’s intention to initial file papers for a run next week, and the fact that NBC’s then-entertainment chief Kevin Reilly indicated that Thompson would not be back next season.

In a statement, Wolf said, “I’ve spoken to Fred today, and although he told me he has not made a firm decision about his political future, he felt that given the creative and scheduling constraints of the upcoming season, he asked to be released from his responsibilities to the show.”

“Fred’s work ethic and commitment to not only ‘Law & Order’ but ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’ has been both enormous fun and creatively gratifying for me. I will sincerely miss working with him on a regular basis and I obviously wish him the best of luck with whatever the future holds.”

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