Chicago PD had history with fired SVU spinoff producer Craig Gore

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Craig Gore worked on Chicago PD for several years.

Craig Gore, who was fired from the upcoming SVU spinoff this week over controversial comments, had also worked on Chicago PD—going all the way back to the show’s first episode.

Gore’s recent social media posts regarding current events prompted his dismissal, with Dick Wolf stating on Twitter that “I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief.”

He had been due to serve as a producer on the highly anticipated spinoff of Law & Order: SVU that has Christopher Meloni reprising his role as Elliot Stabler.

But what fans might not know is that Gore has a lengthy history with Chicago PD.

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According to his IMDB page, Craig Gore worked on Chicago PD for the first four seasons, from 2014 to 2017. He started as an executive story editor and moved up the ranks to finish as a co-executive producer.

He wrote more than a dozen episodes, including “Thirty Balloons,” “At Least It’s Justice,” “Get My Cigarettes,” “Called In Dead,” “Erin’s Mom,” “The Three G’s,” “Life Is Fluid,” “You Never Know Who’s Who,” “Looking Out For Stateville,” “Forty-Caliber Bread Crumb,” “Start Digging,” “Don’t Bury This Case,” “Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill Will,” and “Fagin.”

The latter is probably his most significant credit, as “Fagin” is the episode that introduced Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos).

Gore also wrote the teleplays for a few other episodes—which is where the script is written based off the idea from another writer(s). He exited Chicago PD to work on SWAT for CBS.

So how should One Chicago fans take this week’s surprising story?

Craig Gore doesn’t appear to have been involved in Chicago PD‘s more timely episodes. The show has regularly addressed issues of racism, but Gore’s episodes focused on other things, such as Alvin Olinsky’s wife being held hostage (“Called In Dead”) and Erin Lindsay’s mother being involved in a robbery-murder case (“Erin’s Mom”).

So while Gore was a significant part of the series for several years and wrote some fairly big episodes, the show has also continued to evolve since he moved on. This season ended with Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) taking a stand against a cop who participated in racial profiling, even as it put his own career and potentially his life at risk.

And Dick Wolf’s decision to fire Gore speaks to Wolf’s professionalism and his commitment to a high standard across all of his properties. While viewers can’t overlook Craig Gore’s connection to Chicago PD, they can also know that his recent comments don’t reflect the show or the people who continue to work on it today.

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