Richard Belzer is Leaving ‘SVU’

Best Wishes, Detective John Munch! “Law & Order: SVU” fans tuning in last night saw Munch turn in his retirement papers.  Expect a retirement party on next week’s episode.

The character, who has starred in multiple “Law & Order” and “Homicide” series, has also made appearances on several other shows, including “The X-Files” and “Arrested Development.” In total, he has been helping solve cases for 20 years on more than 450 TV episodes.

No need to say goodbye forever, though.  The Huffington Post reports Richard Belzer plans to bring back his beloved character for occasional guest appearances.