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Dick Wolf Fires Writer On Christopher Meloni's Law And Order Spinoff After Threats Toward Looters

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Another installment in the Law & Order: SVU shared universe is in the works to return Christopher Meloni's Elliot Stabler to the small screen, but executive producer Dick Wolf has already fired somebody from the developing show. Craig Gore, who was hired for the Stabler spinoff, has been fired after making threats toward looters via social media.

Craig Gore revealed via Instagram posts (which have seemingly since been taken down) that he was in West Hollywood, California when a curfew was enacted in response to looters, posting a photo in which he was toting a very large firearm. In the comment section of his photo, Gore went even further:

Sunset is being looted two blocks from me. You think I wont light motherfuckers up who are trying to fuck w/ my property I worked all my life for? Think again...

Following Craig Gore's post and comments, super producer Dick Wolf (who is behind series like FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, and the three One Chicago shows on top of the various Law & Order installments) quickly fired him. THR reports Gore had been hired back in early May to write for the upcoming Law & Order: SVU spinoff starring Christopher Meloni.

Dick Wolf explained his decision to swiftly fire Craig Gore via a statement, saying:

I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately.

The Christopher Meloni-starring SVU spinoff is still early enough in the development stages that no stars other than Meloni have been announced (although his wife and son are likely candidates, based on some SVU details), so the loss of Craig Gore probably won't impact the project much. As for Meloni himself, he took to Twitter to make it clear that he didn't even know who Craig Gore is, let alone sympathized with his statements.

Craig Gore has no shortage of experience in crime-based dramas like what the Stabler spinoff presumably would have been. He has worked on multiple seasons of CBS' S.W.A.T. and NBC's Chicago P.D., the latter of which falls under the Dick Wolf banner. Gore worked as executive producer and writer for both S.W.A.T. and Chicago P.D., and also wrote for The CW's short-lived mystery series Cult, which ran for 13 episodes in 2013.

Craig Gore isn't the only person in television to wind up in hot water due to commentary on current events, with Lea Michele of Glee fame attracting attention and losing a sponsorship after a comment on Twitter. At the time of writing, Craig Gore himself hasn't taken to social media to address his firing or the comments that resulted in the loss of his job that will keep him from contributing to Christopher Meloni's long-awaited return as Elliot Stabler.

To relive some of Stabler's days on Law & Order: SVU, you kind find the full series streaming on Hulu, several seasons streaming on Amazon Prime, and the show's streaming arrival on the upcoming NBC service Peacock, which launches in July. For more viewing options, be sure to check out our 2020 summer premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
Laura Hurley

Resident of One Chicago, Bachelor Nation, and Cleveland. Has opinions about crossovers, Star Wars, and superheroes. Will not time travel.