Question: Any update on Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni's contract dispute? Please tell me NBC won't be so stupid as to let the people who basically are Law & Order: SVU just leave!
Answer: Both sides are still talking. Interestingly, I was scheduled to interview Mariska on Monday about her new "Got Milk?" campaign, but the publicist canceled it at the last minute citing a, um, scheduling conflict. I imagine her rep feared I'd go off topic and sneak in a question or two about the negotiations, which is ridiculous. Why would I waste valuable Q&A time talking about her future on SVU when I could be grilling her about the benefits of a milk-rich diet? I wonder if this means my Chris Meloni interview is gonna be scrapped, too. I'm supposed to interview him Friday about the incredible work he does on behalf of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Program.