Craig Gore has been fired from the upcoming Law & Order True Crime Spin-Off. The writer had previously been hired to work on the new show, which will bring Christopher Meloni back as Elliot Stabler. Gore made several Facebook posts that threatened looters with violence as Los Angeles and other cities across the U.S. continue to experience protests and unrest.
Mega-producer Dick Wolf, who is the chief creative mind behind the Law & Order franchise, acted swiftly after the posts in question began circulating online and fired the writer from the NBC series, which was first announced back in March. Craig Gore had previously worked with Wolf as a co-executive producer on Chicago P.D. as well as the CBS series S.W.A.T. Wolf had this to say about it in a statement.
"I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately."
The Facebook posts began circulating widely after Drew Janda, a postproduction assistant on Greenleaf whose other credits include Big Little Lies and Barry, shared them on Twitter. Craig Gore had shared a photo of himself with a firearm that featured the caption, "Curfew." In another post, Gore indicated that he would be willing to use violence against possible looters. The posts have since been deleted but remain in circulation on sites like Twitter thanks to screenshots that were shared. The now-deleted post read as follows.
"Sunset is being looted two blocks from me. You think I won't light motherf*****s up who are trying to f*** [with] my property I worked all my life for? Think again..."
Aside from writing on the new Law & Order show, Craig Gore had also identified himself previously as a co-executive producer. Christopher Meloni, who played Stabler on Special Victims Unit for nearly 300 episodes, got wind of the posts and responded on Twitter. Meloni explained that he wasn't aware of Gore, while clarifying that Matt Olmstead is on board as the showrunner for the new spin-off, titled Organized Crime.
"Truth: Matt Olmstead is my Showrunner. I have gotten no word on any hirings. I have no idea who this person is or what they do."
Many cities across the U.S. have seen protests erupt in the wake of George Floyd's death. The Minnesota man died in police custody last week after arresting officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee to Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes. Chauvin has since been terminated from his post and is facing a third-degree murder charge. Looting has been happening in several cities where the protests have been taking place.
The Law & Order spin-off will see Elliot Stabler returning to the New York Police Department to head up a new unit focused on organized crime. Christopher Meloni exited the role following season 12 of SVU. As of this writing, Craig Gore has yet to respond publically to his firing. This news was previously reported by Variety.