Yes, Richard Belzer is leaving "Law & Order: SVU."
Belzer, who has been with the TV show since it began 15 seasons ago, is leaving "SVU" as a series regular. He's been portraying the character John Munch for more than 20 years.
Belzer's character turned in his withdrawal papers at the end of the Wed., Oct. 9 episode of "SVU." Look for his retirement celebration in the Oct. 16 episode. While Belzer may be leaving the show as a series regular, don't expect him to say goodbye to the character of John Munch forever. A source verified Belzer is expected to make recurring appearances on the long-running NBC drama.
According to Variety, after 230-plus episodes, Richard Belzer is bowing out as a series regular of “Law & Order: SVU”. Belzer’s well-traveled character, Sgt. John Munch, a detective in the NYPD’s special victims unit, will transition to a role as an investigator with the District Attorney’s office in the Oct. 16 episode of “SVU.” Find out more here.