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Lt. Van Buren Is Leaving Law & Order!!

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This is really sad!

S. Epatha Merkerson, who has played the badass Lt. Anita Van Buren for sixteen years on Law & Order, is leaving the show at the end of the season!

The actress says:

It’s a graceful way to go. It’s the end of my contract this year, and the storyline has been so perfect. I’ve given it my best for 16 years. It’s time to move on. I’m doing other things and this will be a great way to leave what has been an extraordinary gig.

Although we're sad to see her go, sixteen years is a LONG time at the same job so if she feels it's time to call it quits, we can't blame her!!

What do U think?? Are U going to miss Van Buren on Law & Order???

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20 comments to “Lt. Van Buren Is Leaving Law & Order!!”



  1. 1

    GLad you finally got her name spelled correctly, she is a kickass actress!



  2. 2

    I will definitely miss her. She is wonderful.



  3. 3

    Go Reba Go Reba Go Reba



  4. 4

    Law And Order needs to BRING BACK BABS DUFFY!



  5. 5

    I enjoyed watching this excellent actress portray Anita Van Buren all of these years. I actually stopped watching it because all of my faves are gone. End of an era on this show… I enjoy everything Ms. Merkeson does…She is an underappreciated actress..



  6. 6

    Yes, I will miss her. She, like Jerry Orbach, has been outstanding.
    I am a Black woman in law enforcement, and I've followed her story arc with careful attention. It was truly a trailblazing role.

    Although I am a big admirer of Sam Waterston, let me say for the record that I still miss Michael Moriarty . I hope he's doing well; I remember he had a nervous breakdown some years ago. Became obsessed with Janet Reno and struggled in his personal life. I've barely seen him since.

    Bye-bye, Lt. Van Buren. Can't they at least promote you to captain?



  7. 7

    Yes, I will miss her. I really liked her character. And she was great in 'Lackawanna Blues' - so I hope we'll see her in other things.



  8. 8

    This sucks! I love her.



  9. 9

    yep, she's awesome…..hell, I still miss Lenny!



  10. 10

    She is awesome. Perfect in her role!



  11. 11

    Been a fan of hers since the show came out, and loved her character on Law & Order. What a role model for young women… :)
    I'll miss you on the show, LT!
    P.S. I'm glad Sam Waterston is still a fixture; Jack is one of my faves, although like someone else here wrote, I miss Mike Moriarty as Ben Stone, and Chris Noth as Det. Mike Logan. KICK-ASS episodes, they were!



  12. 12

    new career as bouncer should go well



  13. 13

    I'm gonna miss her.



  14. 14

    very sad to see her go, she's an exceptional actress and will be hard to replace. Maybe they'll move Richard Belzer's Munch over as her successor since Belzer's barely utilized on SVU



  15. 15

    I will miss her. I really hope they don't kill her off with the cancer thou. It'd be nice if she was just going to retire.

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    16

    Noooo! She will be greatly missed! Love the 'Lieu'! I just hope it's a happy ending and not a sad one. Please don't do that to us! At least we can still see her just about any time of day thanks to the endless marathons on TNT and others! You'll be missed! No one can replace you!!!!!



  17. 17

    Bye bye from our consciousness.



  18. 18

    love her!



  19. 19

    I figured that her character's cancer meant she would be gone soon. Still she is a class act! and I hope to see her in some else soon! Maybe her own drama series?



  20. 20

    Aww, you will be missed Lt!!!