Jesse Lee Soffer confirms Chicago PD exit: ‘This is sad but true’

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Fighting Ghosts" Episode 801 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Fighting Ghosts" Episode 801 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Heading into the tenth season of Chicago PD, fans had prepared for an eventful season knowing the season will bring with it the show’s 200th episode. What they did not expect was to be saying goodbye to one of the show’s original cast members in the early part of the season.

In a shocking turn of events, Jesse Lee Soffer will be hanging up his gun and badge on NBC’s long-running crime drama after 10 seasons of playing Detective Jay Halstead — a role he first orginated on Chicago Fire before making the jump to its offshoot.

According to Varietywho was first to break the news, Soffer will be departing the series this fall which means we’re going to bid farewell to Halstead sometime before the winter break. Aside from the timing, it’s unclear how Halstead will be written out or why the actor is leaving the show. One thing that is certain is Soffer is indeed leaving as confirmed by the actor directly.

Jesse Lee Soffer reacts to Chicago PD exit

Following the initial reports about his exit from Chicago PD, Jesse Lee Soffer took to social media where he confirmed he is, in fact, leaving the series this fall.

“This is sad but true,” Soffer wrote on Twitter, confirming his departure from the show.

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While Soffer did not comment on why he is leaving the series this season, he did use the moment to express his sincere gratitude to the fans who have showed him support over the year.

“Just want all the fans to know how grateful I am,” Soffer added. “You guys are why we do it! It has been an honor. Love you all.”

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