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Mariska Hargitay Leaving Law & Order SVU for Motherhood? Is Jennifer Love Hewitt Replacing Hargitay?

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Is Mariska Hargitay leaving Law & Order: SVU?

Rumors have been swirling for awhile that Mariska Hargitay was quitting Law & Order: SVU to spend more time with her family, including her recently adopted daughter (photo, left).

While Mariska Hargitay is not leaving Law & Order: SVU, she is planning to cut her work time on the series… and that means a new leading lady will step in.

Is Jennifer Love Hewitt replacing Mariska Hargitay?

While nothing is a done deal yet, here’s what we know: Mariska Hargitay will be on Law & Order: SVU’s 13th season in a limited capacity, so the “Mariska Hargitay leaving” rumors can be put to rest. For now.

Hargitay’s Detective Olivia Benson will be promoted to a supervising position in the precinct, so Christopher Meloni’s Detective Elliot Stabler will need a new partner – and Jennifer Love Hewitt may very well replace Hargitay, as she’s reportedly in talks with the series.

Mariska Hargitay’s decision to work less hours on Law & Order: SVU would free up more time for Mariska to spend time with her husband and two kids, August and Amaya.

Mariska joins other famous moms like Julia Roberts, who decided to cut back on acting roles to be available for her family.

I think it’s admirable for career driven actresses to step back and spend time with their kids. Would you do the same if you were a working actress?

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