With over 470 episodes, you’d be hard-pressed to not discover a rerun of Regulation & Order: SVU on TV any given day of the week. However after 21 seasons, it may be robust to maintain monitor of the police procedural’s lengthy record of former forged members, all of whom are virtually assured to pop up in your display screen in some unspecified time in the future over a seven-day interval.
One previous co-star we at all times like to see is BD Wong, who was a collection common on the present from Seasons four via 12. Although he has often revisited his function as forensic psychiatrist George Huang since leaving the crime drama in 2011, the NYPD’s Particular Victims Unit simply hasn’t been the identical with out him.
Why did BD Wong go away ‘Regulation & Order: SVU’?
The actor first hinted at his departure in a dialog with TVLine at NBC’s 2011-12 upfront presentation. He revealed that his SVU bosses had allowed him to movie a pilot for the fantasy collection Awake, “however I don’t actually know if I can do each [shows] or not,” he stated on the time.
He ultimately confirmed on Twitter that he was stepping away from the spin-off to shoot the primary season of Awake alongside Jason Isaacs and Wilmer Valderrama. “I truly don’t return for Season 13,” BD wrote in response to a fan who requested about his future with the Regulation & Order franchise.
“I’m leaping to Awake! It’s superior!” he continued. “Don’t know if or once I’ll be again [on SVU]! It was superb to have such a cool job for 11 years and to be an actual NY Actor.”
In a 2019 interview with NPR’s “The Cooler” podcast, BD stated he’s extraordinarily pleased with the work he did on the collection. “Essentially the most gratifying form of fan interplay that you may have is: ‘I made a decision to be a forensic psychiatrist as a result of I noticed you within the present… and I did not know there was such a profession alternative,'” the 59-year-old shared.
“That is why it is essential for tv writers and tv producers to be accountable about their content material,” he famous, “as a result of it is reaching younger folks at a really impressionable time.”
BD Wong did not like the way in which his ‘SVU’ character got here out of the closet.
Regardless of his fondness for the collection, the Tony Award winner — who’s overtly homosexual — wasn’t thrilled that the writers waited so lengthy to debate George’s sexual orientation on the present (he first mentions it through the Season 11 episode “Hardwired”).
“I had no thought all through the time that I used to be doing the present for ten-and-a-half years [that the character was gay], so it felt just a little low cost to me,” BD admitted on “The Cooler.”
“I used to be additionally form of torn as a result of, you already know, it is optimistic… Nevertheless it did really feel just a little handy or form of lazy,” he added. “It wasn’t an important factor that was actually impactful and humorous or human or no matter; it was simply form of a minor level made.”
Although the collection by no means gave a purpose for the particular agent’s exit on the finish of Season 12, George did discuss his new FBI project in Oklahoma Metropolis throughout a Season 13 visitor stint.