NBC’s “Chicago PD” Star Jesse Lee Soffer might not be on present on the show right now but he’s still putting in an enormous amount of work behind the scenes!
The Star just did a brand new interview with Variety where he spoke about his decision to leave the series.
“I’ve thought so hard about how to answer this question and there’s no good answer except I was ready for more.
Eventually, you know the character so well, there’s not much that can shift or transform. I really wanted to grow and expand, and we’ve only got this one trip. If I signed up again, it would have been for another three years. I would have turned 40 on the show. I thought, ‘You know what? It’s time to take a risk.
I love the fans of our show so much, and I love my fans. I know that they’re still grieving this, and to some degree, I am too. I know the fans are upset because, like, ‘This isn’t the Jay that we know and love! Why isn’t he calling? Why is he doing this?!’ But, you know, the show must go on. I don’t think I really have the right to feel any way about that. The writers have to do what they have to do to service the story and the characters that are still there. Also, our show’s pretty dark, and they love diving into the ugliest, hardest version of life. I like to think and I hope the fans think this too that he’s just in another country right now, doing what he does best and making the world a safer place. In a family, sometimes somebody moves away or goes to college somewhere else. I still love it. I still love the fans. And I still love Halstead. Halstead’s always going to be in my blood. That’s never going to change.”
We’re happy he was able to give a full explanation for the departure because fans were wondering daily!
Jesse is still directing on the show which is amazing because it looks like he’s enjoying it.
Chicago PD stars Jason Beghe, Patrick John Flueger, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins, Tracy Spiridakos, Amy Morton, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, and Jesse Lee Soffer. This TV show follows the personal and professional lives of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite Intelligence Unit. They combat the city’s most heinous offenses including organized crime, drug trafficking, and high-profile murders. Detective Sgt. Hank Voight (Beghe) is at the center of the department’s war on crime and he’ll do anything to bring criminals to justice.
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