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Jesse Lee Soffer Opens Up About Leaving Chicago P.D. After 10 Seasons
After 187 episodes, the actor is exiting the drama this fall.
On Monday, August 29 Variety reported that Chicago P.D.'s Jesse Lee Soffer, who has played Det. Jay Halstead since the the series' Pilot, is exiting the show. Soffer's last episode will air some time during Season 10, but no exact date has been released yet.
“I want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support during the past 10 years and want to express my deepest gratitude to Dick Wolf and everyone at Wolf Entertainment, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Rick Eid, Gwen Sigan, NBC, Universal Television, my fellow castmates and our incredible crew,” he said in a statement to the publication. “To create this hour drama week after week has been a labor of love by everyone who touches the show. I will always be proud of my time as Det. Jay Halstead."
Soffer also took to Twitter to deliver a message to his fans.
"This is sad but true," he tweeted. "Just want all the fans to know how grateful I am. You guys are why we do it! It has been an honor. Love you all".
The actor has played Halstead in all 187 episodes of the crime drama. And the last time we saw Halstead in the Season 9 Chicago P.D. finale, he and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) not only witnessed Voight's (Jason Beghe) questionable leadership decisions, but the they ending up shooting and killing Anna in an attempt to protect Voight. Upstead also got married last season and are newlyweds. Suffice to say, there are many questions to answer in Season 10.
Chicago P.D. Season 10 premieres Wednesday, September 21 at 10/9c and next day on Peacock.
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