Sam Waterston Leaving Law & Order Sam Waterston Leaving Law & Order After 20 Seasons
Sam Waterston, who has been a central figure on NBC’s Law & Order since 1994, is leaving the show partway through its 23rd season.
Tony Goldwyn Joins Law & Order Cast
Tony Goldwyn, who played President Fitzgerald Grant on Scandal, will be joining the cast of Law & Order as the new District Attorney.
Waterston’s Tenure on Law & Order
Waterston has played the role of District Attorney Jack McCoy for more than 20 seasons, appearing in over 400 episodes of the show.
He has won a SAG Award and received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his work on Law & Order.
Waterston’s Statement on Leaving Law & Order
In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, Waterston expressed his gratitude to the show’s viewers and his sadness at leaving the show.
“Greetings, you wonderful people. It’s a pleasure to talk directly like this to the backbone of Law & Order’s absolutely amazing audience. The time has come for me to move on and take Jack McCoy with me. There’s sadness in leaving, but I’m just too curious about what’s next. An actor doesn’t want to let himself get too comfortable. I’m more grateful to you than I can say. L&O’s continuing and amazing long run, along with its astounding comeback, is all thanks to you and Dick Wolf, but for whose vision, patience, perseverance, and unique combination of creative and business talents, none of this would have happened. I feel very blessed. I hope to see you all on the flip side.”
Tony Goldwyn’s Role on Law & Order
Goldwyn will be playing the role of a new District Attorney, replacing Waterston’s Jack McCoy.
Details about his character and how he will be introduced into the show are being kept quiet for now.
The Future of Law & Order
Despite Waterston’s departure, Law & Order is continuing its 23rd season and is expected to return for additional seasons in the future.
The show’s current cast includes Hugh Dancy, Mehcad Brooks, Reid Scott, Camryn Manheim, and Odelya Halevi.