NBC Exec: Thompson Likely Gone From 'Law & Order'

New York (AP) -- A top network entertainment executive says he doesn't expect actor and potential Republican Presidential Candidate Fred Thompson back on the show "Law & Order" next season.

NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly claimed no insider knowledge of Thompson’s political plans, but his statement indicated the seriousness of Thompson’s presidential musings. The former Tennessee senator has been making speaking appearances and blogging on issues in recent weeks as he considers a candidacy for the White House in 2008.

Reilly said it's pretty clear that Thompson is going to be leaving the cast of the show no matter what.

He said Thompson certainly wouldn't return to prime-time network television if he chooses to run.

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