Philip Winchester Wishes Remaining Cast Well for the New 'Law & Order: SVU' Season
Phillips Winchester, the latest member of the “Law and Order: SVU” cast to leave the show, sent the remainder good wishes as they prepare for the new season.
“Law and Order: SVU” has been around for two decades, and in that time, fans have witnessed some of their favourite characters come and go, the latest being, Philip Winchester.
BREAK A LEG
“To the cast and crew of season 21 SVU. Break a leg! Enjoy!”
The kind words brought about similar reactions, as his fans wrote that they’d miss him when the show returned and wished he had stayed.
Sadly for me, Peter stone and his “the facts don’t care about you’re feelings” attitude will not be returning. A huge tip of the hat to my amazing fans and not so big of fans. You ALL make me work harder. Thank you! See you on the next adventure.— Philip Winchester (@philipwinchestr) March 29, 2019
WHY DID WINCHESTER LEAVE?
In another tweet, he thanked his fans for the two seasons he spent on the show and his critics for making him a better actor.
The “Chicago PD” star joined SVU in season 19 as “Peter Stone,” an Assistant District Attorney, and during the final episode of season 20, he decided to leave his job after he put Mariska Hargitay's character “Olivia Benson” before the law.
I want to congratulate the cast and crew of @nbcsvu for making history today. Also to thank everyone for two great seasons. I have learned much and enjoyed being part of an elite unit. Here’s to you all and a historic run!— Philip Winchester (@philipwinchestr) March 29, 2019
While Winchester’s reason for leaving his on-screen job is not a secret, the one behind why he left the one in the real world remains elusive, as neither the actor nor the show has said anything to that effect.
However, it's obvious there’s no bad blood between the “Chicago Justice” star, the network, and cast and crew of SVU.
WHEN DOES SVU RETURN?
While fans will miss “Peter Stone," the show must go on, and it will when it returns in the fall. SVU premiers on September 26 at 10 pm and the return makes it the longest running show on primetime on NBC, and the only one left in the “Law and Order” franchise.
Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, the co-chairmen of NBC said in a joint statement at the time the show got renewed that it owed its success to the synergy between the producers, writers, and actors and the fact that every year, they create a show that effectively speaks to the audience.
Although Winchester is not coming back, fans can expect Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelly Giddich, and Peter Scanavino.