Christopher Meloni makes joke after Law & Order: SVU promo teased him kissing Mariska Hargitay

Christopher Meloni has joked about kissing just days after a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit promo teased him finally smooching longtime co-star Mariska Hargitay.

The 61-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday as he seemingly played coy about the very highly-anticipated amorous scene between his character Eliot Stabler and Hargitay’s Olivia Benson.

It all began when someone asked the star how he met the 59-year-old actress whom he has starred alongside on the NBC series on/off since 1999.

Getting steamy: Christopher Meloni has joked about kissing just days after a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit promo teased him finally smooching longtime co-star Mariska Hargitay

Meloni replied: ‘I’m glad you asked. I had a screen test audition for a new show called Sex Crimes and when I walked through the door…’

That is when things got a little contentious as a follower replied to him while mentioning Mad Men actor John Slattery, who has guest starred on the series twice and was actually up for the role of Stabler.

The user wrote: ‘Idk y’all don’t have ANY chemistry. Maybe it should have been Slattery instead.’

Interesting: The 61-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday as he seemingly played coy about the very highly-anticipated amorous scene between his character Eliot Stabler and Hargitay's Olivia Benson.

Interesting: The 61-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday as he seemingly played coy about the very highly-anticipated amorous scene between his character Eliot Stabler and Hargitay’s Olivia Benson.

Interesting: That is when things got a little contentious as a follower replied to him while mentioning Mad Men actor John Slattery (pictured with wife Talia Balsam last week) who has guest starred on the series twice and was actually up for the role of Stabler.

Interesting: That is when things got a little contentious as a follower replied to him while mentioning Mad Men actor John Slattery (pictured with wife Talia Balsam last week) who has guest starred on the series twice and was actually up for the role of Stabler.

As Meloni has been tight-lipped about the potential kiss, he shocked fans as seemingly alluded to it by writing: 'I'm not kissing John slattery'

As Meloni has been tight-lipped about the potential kiss, he shocked fans as seemingly alluded to it by writing: ‘I’m not kissing John slattery’

As Meloni has been tight-lipped about the potential kiss, he shocked fans as seemingly alluded to it by writing: ‘I’m not kissing John slattery.’

The tongues of Law & Order: SVU fans have been wagging since a promo was released on Thursday, January 12 featuring Stabler and Benson locked in a very close embrace with their lips just inches from one another.

This comes nearly a week-and-a-half after Law & Order: SVU stars Meloni and Ice-T have blasted ‘bulls**t’ claims they are embroiled in an ugly feud.

Excitement: The tongues of Law & Order: SVU fans have been wagging since a promo was released on Thursday, January 12 featuring Stabler and Benson locked in a very close embrace with their lips just inches from one another

Excitement: The tongues of Law & Order: SVU fans have been wagging since a promo was released on Thursday, January 12 featuring Stabler and Benson locked in a very close embrace with their lips just inches from one another

Longtime partnership: Meloni has starred alongside Hargitay on the NBC series on/off since 1999

Longtime partnership: Meloni has starred alongside Hargitay on the NBC series on/off since 1999

Ice-T, 64, took to Twitter on Monday, January 16 to post an email he had received from The National Enquirer seeking comment on a story alleging they have been ‘feuding since’ Meloni’s ‘return to the franchise’ in 2021 on the series Law & Order: Organized Crime.

The email stated that ‘sources told The ENQUIRER that the former rapper has grown envious of the attention that Mr. Meloni has received since coming back.’

Ice-T denied any problems with Meloni, 61, as he said he had forwarded the email to his longtime colleague on the Dick Wolf franchise – before slamming ‘clownass MFs making up drama.’

This comes nearly a week-and-a-half after Law & Order: SVU stars Ice-T and Meloni have blasted 'bulls**t' claims they are embroiled in an ugly feud

Meloni was pictured in NYC last fall

This comes nearly a week-and-a-half after Law & Order: SVU stars Ice-T and Meloni have blasted ‘bulls**t’ claims they are embroiled in an ugly feud

He said: ‘Just sent this email over to my guy @Chris_Meloni,’ said Ice-T. ‘Clownass MFs trying to make up Drama outta thin air… WOW… MFs are really on that BS.’

Meloni shared an image of the email, writing, ‘So… [Ice-T] was sent this. He was kind enough to let me know we were feuding.’

Ice-T added to Meloni’s comment, ‘LOL… Clownass MFs.. Chris is my MF man! F’em They just make BS up. Crazy.’

The veteran actors detailed the series of events on social media with added commentary

The veteran actors detailed the series of events on social media with added commentary

Ice-T has played the role of Detective Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola since 2000, spending 11 seasons performing alongside Meloni.

After leaving the franchise after its 12th season in 2010, Meloni reprised the role of Detective Elliot Stabler in 2021 on Law & Order: Organized Crime, which has had crossover storylines with Law & Order: SVU.

Other longtime characters in the principal cast of the NBC series include Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson (1999-2023), Dann Florek as Captain Don Cragen (1999-2021); and Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch (1999-2016).

The stars were snapped with Universal Studio Group Chairman Pearlena Igbokwe at an event in NYC last fall

The stars were snapped with Universal Studio Group Chairman Pearlena Igbokwe at an event in NYC last fall

Ice-T discussed his longtime friendship with Meloni in a 2021 appearance on The View ahead of his return to the franchise.

He noted the stayed in touch with Meloni ‘the whole time’ he was away from the series ‘because we’re friends in real life.’

He added: ‘To have him come back and watch what’s gonna happen with him and Mariska, everybody’s just waiting for that moment, but it’s good, he’s a friend, I worked with him for 12 years, we became close friends.’

Ice-T has played the role of Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola since 2000

Ice-T has played the role of Detective Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola since 2000

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