Chicago PD fans furious, confused and devastated by Jesse Lee Soffer exit

CHICAGO P.D. -- "End of Watch" Episode 906 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "End of Watch" Episode 906 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Heading into Chicago PD season 10, 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 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 originated 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 that fans have a lot of thoughts about his looming departure.

Chicago PD fans react to Jesse Lee Soffer exit news

Needless to say, Jesse Lee Soffer’s upcoming exit from Chicago PD has left fans with a lot of feelings to process and fans have a lot of thoughts.

Of course, a common theme among fans is an overwhelming sense of sadness in knowing that Soffer will soon be leaving the series and that Halstead will no longer be around after all these years.

Others have been left with an understandable feeling of frustration at the idea of losing another series regular with some even vowing to stop watching once Soffer’s final episode airs.

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For many others, there is a fear building over how the writers might choose to write his character off of the show. In particular, there is a real concern among fans as to whether the show might choose to kill Halstead off as part of Soffer’s exit storyline.

While there are a lot of mixed emotions to be processed and many have been filled with sadness, there is also an overwhelming sense of gratitude to Soffer for bringing Jay Halstead to life for the last ten seasons.

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