TODAY Show hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb had Law and Order star Christopher Meloni asking for his lawyer after interrogating him about an anticipated steamy moment.
The grilling centered around a teaser image that showed the actor’s character, Elliot Stabler, and co-star’s Mariska Hargitay’s character Olivia Benson, in a close embrace.
On Wednesday, the morning show hosts pressed the actor if the image is teasing a romance between the two leads.
“There are very few people whose face you hold with your hands in such a way,” Hoda said.
“We’re coworkers, we don’t hold each other’s faces this way,” Savannah chimed in.
“Not like this, not once.”
The two then began to analyze the image, claiming Mariska’s character moves sideways while being very close to Chris’s face.
“Ok, what is that? What’s happening,” Savannah asked.
Initially, Chris appeared to insist that the embrace was nothing romantic, saying “She needs to tell me something that’s very important.”
Then, he suggested Benson is “part Eskimo.”
“A little Eskimo kiss?” he quipped.
Savannah and Hoda continued to press the actor on the image..
“We’re about to go Law and Order on you,” Savannah said, before lights on set dimmed and a spotlight landed on Chris.
“Sir, you were there. You were in the apartment, you had the movie and you had the means: your lips.”
“Did you or did you not kiss her?”
After a few moments, Chris jokingly invoked his right to an attorney.
“I want my lawyer,” he quipped.
The image in question was a part of a promo released a few weeks ago that teased Chris and Mariska’s characters might kiss during the Thursday, January 26, episode of Law and Order: SVU.
Fans who have been rooting for Benson and Stabler to move from a platonic to romantic relationship quickly freaked out about the possibility.
“Did anyone else rewind, pause, slo-mo, stood in front of the TV for that last scene at least 100 times to comprehend what was going on like me. No? My eyes was shooketh!” one fan wrote in a comment section for the teaser.
“AHHHH!!! Could this finally be happening!!??? I don’t wanna get my hopes up too high, but I’m so excited,” another said.
“OHMYGOD I’VE WAITED YEARS FOR THIS,” a third wrote.
Thursday’s highly anticipated episode is set to air at 9 pm ET/ 8pm CT on NBC.