UPDATED 3:30 PM: Law & Order creator/executive producer Dick Wolf has taken swift action after social media posts by writer-producer Craig Gore about the ongoing unrest in Los Angeles following George Floyd’s death drew criticism. UPDATE: Following Core’s dismissal from the NBC show, he also was dropped by his agency Paradigm.
“I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief,” Wolf said in a statement “I am terminating Craig Gore immediately.”
The decision comes only hours after the insensitive posts by Core, a writer-producer on the upcoming Law & Order: SVU offshoot headlined by Christopher Meloni, were met with backlash. Gore posted a photo of himself brandishing a rifle in front of his home with a caption, “curfew”, after threatening to “light motherf***ers up who try to f*** w/my property” in reference to looting nearby.
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Drew Janda, listed online as associate producer at NBCUniversal, the company behind all Dick Wolf series, tweeted a compilation of Gore’s messages to Meloni. (you can see it below). The post received a lot of attention and contributed to the quick action by Wolf.
“Craig Gore is no longer a Paradigm client,” a spokesperson for the agency said. “We condemn his post in the strongest possible terms.”
Gore, who announced last month on Twitter that he was joining the new SVU spinoff, was expected to serve as co-executive producer on the new series.
NBC earlier this spring gave a 13-episode order to the Dick Wolf crime drama starring Meloni reprising his Law & Order: SVU character Elliot Stabler as the leader of an NYPD organized crime unit. Former Chicago P.D. showrunner Matt Olmstead is expected to be the series’ executive producer/showrunner.
Gore most recently was executive producer of S.W.A.T. He previously worked as co-executive producer on another Wolf series, Chicago P.D.