Munch, who has been played by Richard Belzer, has been a part of Dick Wolf’s SVU franchise for more than 320 episodes spanning over 20 years.
The character has even appeared on Homicide: Life on the Street, The X-Files, Arrested Development, The Wire and 30 Rock.
Belzer, who is an author and comedian, is not giving up on the role entirely: “I’d be a fool to say I didn’t want to do it anymore and I’m certainly not bored with the character because the writing is so good. Our show reverberates throughout the community. It’s more than a television show.”
His SVU exit airs 8:30pm Thursday on TEN.