*Ice-T has announced that he will remain on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” through 2013, reports TV Guide.
“I’ve just locked in my new SVU deal,” the rapper-actor tweeted Friday. “So I’ll officially be back for the next 2 years at least. DONE.”
The news comes in the midst of a cast shakeup for the long-running procedural. Christopher Meloni left the show last month after contract negotiations fell through. His partner-in-crime-solving, Mariska Hargitay, will return for the 13th season with a lighter workload. At midseason, her character will be promoted to a supervisor position, during which a new female detective will take her place.
Jennifer Love Hewitt, who earned raves for her guest spot as a rape victim on SVU last season, is being eyed to replace her.
Addressing the casting rumors, Ice-T added, “At this moment no one else is locked as new members of the show.”
Meanwhile, his new reality series “Ice Loves Coco” premieres Sunday, June 12, at 10:30 p.m. on E! Watch a promo below.