Jesse Lee Soffer Exits ‘Chicago P.D.,’ Season 10 Will Be His Last

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Jesse Lee Soffer hands in his badge on “Chicago PD” The upcoming 10th season will be the last for Soffer, Variety can announce exclusively. The actor played Det. Jay Halstead since the NBC series debuted in 2014, in all 187 episodes. He will leave sometime in the fall.

“I want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support over the past 10 years and would like to extend 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 Variety on Monday. “To create this hourly 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.”

Halstead has been at the center of the show since its inception; for the past two seasons he has become the right-hand man to Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and is married to Det. Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiradakos).

“Chicago PD,” one of Wolf’s nine shows currently on air, has seen many changes both in front of and behind the camera in recent years. Last October, writer and executive producer Sigan took over as showrunner, when Eid stepped down to focus on his role as showrunner on both “Law & Order” and “FBI.”

Additionally, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, who guest-starred in the Season 9 finale, was upgraded to the regular series over the summer. He will reprise his role as Dante Torres, a rookie in Intelligence emerging from patrol. Marina Squerciati, Patrick Flueger, LaRoyce Hawkins and Amy Morton also star.

Soffer, who has been acting since he was six, made his debut as Jay Halstead in the season 2 premiere of “Chicago Fire,” which led to the first spin-off series. Before joining the “One Chicago” world, he had a starring role in “As the World Turns,” appeared in 502 episodes, and earned three Daytime Emmy nominations.

He is represented by UTA, Ethos Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.

“Chicago PD” is produced by Universal Television in association with Wolf Entertainment. Wolf, Sigan, Eid, Haas, Jankowski, Brandt, Gavin Harris, Chad Saxton and Arthur W. Forney are executive producers.

Season 10 premieres on NBC Wednesday, September 21 at 10 p.m. ET.


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