Warren Leight is leaving Law & Order: SVU after serving as an executive producer and showrunner on the venerable NBC crime drama for the past three seasons. It was his second stint at the helm of the Wolf Entertainment series. Leight announced his exit on Twitter Tuesday night, after wrapping production on the current 23rd season of SVU.
A long-brewing Law & Order spinoff may eventually land with a new home, so as to most genuinely tell its stories. Law & Order: Hate Crimes was given a 13-episode order back in September 2018, though NBC pressed pause on the spinoff six months later. Now, SVU showrunner Warren Leight, who has been shepherding the Hate Crimes offshoot, told the latest edition of THR’s TV’s Top 5 podcast, “I think it was perceived to be a better fit with Peacock,” NBCU’s new streaming service. “The vocabulary people use when they commit hate crimes is not acceptable on network television, and that’s an interesting consideration.”