Exclusive: Mariska Hargitay sidelined from 'SVU'

Mariskahargitay_lIt appears the relapse Mariska Hargitay suffered last week was a bit more serious than first thought.

A Law & Order: SVU source tells me that the love of my life Emmy winner underwent a second surgery last week related to a collapsed lung she suffered back in January. (Earlier reports said she was hospitalized for "routine tests" after experiencing "some discomfort.") And although her reps initially said production on SVU would not be affected, they’re now confirming that Hargitay will in fact miss several weeks of work as she recuperates.

"Mariska is recovering well and is expected to return to SVU in the next couple of weeks," her camp said in a statement.

An SVU insider adds that the actress’ prognosis is excellent. "She is doing great," maintains my mole. "She will recoup for a few weeks and be back better than ever." Phew

Remarkably, the SVU source says Hargitay’s absence is only expected to translate into one missed episode. And in that episode, titled "Bagagge," Ice-T’s Fin "will step in for Mariska."

Also helping fill the void will be Stephanie March, whose ex-ADA Alex Cabot begins her six-episode return engagement tomorrow night.

Here’s what happens now: You scroll down to the comments and join me in wishing Mariska a speedy recovery. I won’t accept no for an answer.

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  • Mary

    i sure hope she gets well soon its not svu w/o her!

  • Anne

    I hope and pray Mariska will be well soon; she is a tremendously talented actress and appears to be a wonderful person as well. I’ll keep her and her family in my prayers!

  • Alia

    Mariska’s great on SVU, and she seems like a real sweetheart IRL. I hope she can get some rest and finally put this trouble behind her for good!

  • Rowan

    Have a speedy recovery! We need you on the show again as soon as possible. Get well soon!

  • Megan

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I’ve been watching Olivia Benson for years and think she’s one of the greatest female characters on TV. We can’t wait to have her back!

  • Mel

    Get will soon, Mariska! We have a lot of love for you over here.

  • Nat

    GET WELL MARISKA!! We are all thinking of you and wish you a complete and healthy recovery.

  • Riley

    Mariska Hargitay elevates SVU from being an ordinary procedural show to great television. Get well Mariska, we miss you on our TV’s every week (or we can just tune into the countless hours of reruns to rewatch your glorious work over and over again)

  • Virginia

    The best actress on TV needs to get well!!

  • benslerisluv

    Get well soon M! We love you and will miss you on the show!! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!!
    -Svu lovers =D

  • Berta

    Mariska, you are one classy lady. Not only are you beautiful and talented, but your positive attitude makes you shine. The great example you set by helping victims of abuse through your foundation is very commendable. I pray that you fully recover; the show is not the same when you are gone!

  • Ashlee

    Get well Mariska! The show is never the same without you.

  • Gil

    We love you!

  • George

    You are the best detective on TV.
    get well soon

  • DeeLoCascio

    Please get well soon and thoroughtly. TV and SVU cannot be without you for any length of time. Our prayers for recovery are yours.

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