11:40am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Dick Wolf Fires Writer Following Threats to "Light Up" Looters
Dick Wolf has taken swift action against a recently hired writer following the latter's controversial social media post.
Craig Gore was hired in early May to work on NBC's Wolf-produced Law & Order: SVU spinoff starring Christopher Meloni. On Monday night, amid protests in West Hollywood, Gore posted a photo of himself armed with what appears to be a large firearm.
"Sunset is being looted two blocks from me. You think I wont light motherfuckers up who are trying to fuck w/ my property I worked all my life for? Think again…"
Wolf on Tuesday fired Gore, who previously worked for the prolific showrunner on NBC's Chicago PD.
"I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately," Wolf said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gore has also been fired by his agency, Paradigm, the company said in a statement Tuesday afternoon: "Craig Gore is no longer a Paradigm client. We condemn his post in the strongest possible terms."
NBC picked up the untitled SVU spinoff in March. The drama revolves around an NYPD organized crime unit led by Meloni's beloved former SVU character Stabler.
Gore's credits also include CBS' SWAT reboot and The CW's one-and-done drama Cult.
Meloni also responded to Gore's post, noting that Chicago franchise veteran Matt Olmstead is set as showrunner for the untitled spinoff. Olmstead's deal for the series is nearly done, sources say.
Truth:— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) June 2, 2020
Matt Olmstead is my Showrunner
I have gotten no word on ANY hirings
I have no idea who this person is or what they do https://t.co/Mtik40kij7