Chicago PD loses another member of its original cast. It has been announced that Jesse Lee Soffer will be leaving crime drama Dick Wolf during the first half of the upcoming 10th season. Soffer played Det. Jay Halstead since the start of the NBC series.
Jason Beghe, Patrick John Flueger, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins, Tracy Spiridakos and Amy Morton also star in the series which follows the Chicago Police Department’s intelligence unit.
Soffer had the following to say about the NBC series’ departure in a statement, per Deadline:
“I want to thank the amazing fans for their unwavering support over 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 cast mates and our incredible crew. Crafting this hour-long drama week after week has been a labor of love from everyone who touches the show. I will always be proud of my time as Det. Jay Halstead.
It’s not yet clear how Soffer’s character will leave Chicago PD, or if his departure will impact Chicago Mediterranean. Nick Gehlfuss plays Jay’s brother, Will Halstead, in this series.
Season 10 of Chicago PD makes its debut on Wednesday, September 21.
What do you think? Are you surprised to hear that Soffer is leaving Chicago PD? Will his departure impact whether or not you continue to watch the NBC drama?