Mariska Hargitay & Christopher Meloni Leaving SVU?

Contract negotiations for stars of Law & Order: SVU Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni are reportedly getting so heated that NBC is threatening to replace the two.

Michael Aussielo reports that although multiple sources have confirmed the story, insiders claim they won’t make good on the threat. “It’s a horrible time to retool a show. They already have to change the time-slot, because it’s not going to be airing at 10 pm next season,” a rival network exec theorized.

As for Law & Order big boss man Dick Wolf, all he had to say through his rep, “It is my fondest hope that both Chris and Mariska will be back next season.”

Gallery Info: Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni filming scenes in Spanish Harlem on the set of Law & Order: SVU.