Richard Belzer is Leaving ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Richard Belzer, who has been on Law & Order: SVU since 1999, is leaving the show. On last night’s episode Detective John Munch, his character, announced his retirement. Next week’s episode will feature Munch’s retirement party as well as, ostensibly, a sex crime of some sort.

We don’t have to say goodbye to Det. Munch entirely; The Huffington Post writes that Munch will continue to make recurring appearances on the show. This is great news because Munch has been on television in some capacity since Homicide: Life on the Street began in 1993. And saying goodbye to a friend of 20 years is an awful hard thing to do.