Dick Wolf Fires ‘Law & Order’ Spinoff Writer Craig Gore for Threatening to ‘Light Up’ Looters

Gore wrote on Facebook Monday that he would “light mother——s up”

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Craig Gore, a writer on NBC’s upcoming “Law & Order” spinoff with Chris Meloni, was fired from the show after threatening to “light up” looters in West Hollywood on Monday night.

“I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately,” Wolf said in a statement.

After posing with a large weapon in a picture captioned “curfew,” Gore wrote within a now-deleted Facebook post: “Sunset is being looted two blocks from me. You think I won’t light mother——s up who are trying to f— [with] my property I worked all my life for? Think again…”

Gore, who previously worked as a co-executive producer on Wolf’s “Chicago PD” as well as the CBS series “S.W.A.T.,” could not immediately be reached for comment. When TheWrap asked his reps at Pardigm for comment, the agency responded by saying that he “is no longer a Paradigm client. We condemn his post in the strongest possible terms.”


Gore’s Facebook post was shared by Drew Janda, a postproduction assistant on the OWN series “Greenleaf” who has also worked on HBO shows “Big Little Lies” and “Barry.” Meloni responded to Janda’s tweet by clarifying that Matt Olmstead was the showrunner and that he has “no idea who this person is or what they do.” 

Gore’s post came amid widespread protests as well as outbreaks of violence across the country following the death of George Floyd last week at the hands of a now-former Minneapolis police officer. Two separate autopsies on Monday ruled Floyd’s death a homicide.

Los Angeles and several of its communities, including Santa Monica, have seen protests as well as looting since the middle of last week.

The new “Law & Order” series will mark Meloni’s return to the Dick Wolf universe after exiting “SVU” following the show’s 12th season. The series will see Elliot Stabler returning to the NYPD as the head of an organized crime unit.