MARISKA QUITS SVU!

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Top Goss! -

Next year will mark two decades since Mariska Har­gi­tay started play­ing Olivia Ben­son on Law & Or­der: Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit.

And with the 20th sea­son of the show cur­rently air­ing, ru­mours are swirling that the 54-year-old is ready to throw in the towel.

“Mariska feels like she’s done all she can as the star of the show and it’s time to em­bark on the next chap­ter of her life,” a source re­cently re­vealed.

“Mariska’s depar­ture will be grad­ual and a wellplanned tran­si­tion to cre­ate the least amount of chaos pos­si­ble.”

While the star’s rep de­nied she is planning to leave be­hind, she set tongues wag­ging when she put her Man­hat­tan town­house on the mar­ket six years af­ter buy­ing it.

The ac­tress and her hus­band Peter Her­mann, 51, ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated the prop­erty – but are now sell­ing it for just $70,000 more than the $15.1 mil­lion they bought it for.

“It seems like Mariska is hop­ing to make a quick sale, and peo­ple are won­der­ing if this is a sign that she’s planning to leave New York al­to­gether,” an in­sider tells Woman’s Day.

“It’s no se­cret that she’s in­ter­ested in get­ting be­hind the cam­era and di­rect­ing more.

“It would be sad to see her quit the show, but 20 years is a re­ally good run by Hol­ly­wood stan­dards. And when she does leave, she wants to go out on a high!”

The star is ready to leave the streets of New York.

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