A detective who has been with Chicago P.D. since Fire launched its characters for the spinoff is leaving Intelligence. Ahead of Jay Halstead’s (Jesse Lee Soffer) inevitable departure, we are arming ourselves with all of the information we can find in anticipation of the worst.
Tensions between Jay, his partner and wife Detective Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), and their employer Sergeant Hank Voight seemed to be building in the season 10 opener, suggesting that Jay would be leaving the show (Jason Beghe). Anna, Voight’s CI, was a part of this, but that isn’t all. Voight said he didn’t hold Upton responsible for shooting Anna.
“You are not my keeper, and you’re not each other’s. I’m making choices you don’t like, that is on me. He’s making choices you don’t like, that is on him, him alone. We gotta be done with all of this, now. If it ever shows up on the job again, the three of us, we’re not working together anymore, understood? It’s that simple,” he proclaimed.
Is it too convenient to assume that that could have paved the way for Jay to depart Intelligence, whether he decides to do so voluntarily or not?
What is the Reason of Jay Halstead Departure From Chicago PD?
Specifically, Soffer failed to provide a cause for his departure. As for why he left Chicago PD, speculations abound. He probably felt it was time to distance himself from a role he’d played for almost a decade.
“I want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support during 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 fellow castmates and our incredible crew.”
After a certain period of time has passed, it’s natural for performers to want some distance from their roles. The performers at One Chicago know how tough it can be to keep going when so many of them have expressed a desire to leave. A another Jesse, Jesse Spencer, left Chicago Fire less than a year ago.
Unlike former Chicago cast members who have gone on to star in other shows and movies, Soffer does not currently have anything in the works. There is a good chance that the actor will take a break from acting after his most recent role, Chicago PD, and concentrate on his personal life. Given his behaviour since 1993, it makes logical.
What Could Be the Other Possible Reason?
Although the actor has not commented publicly, it appears that financial concerns rather than creative differences could also be the reason for Soffer’s departure. Furthermore, the producers have never hinted that they’re out of ideas for stories to tell him.
Unless we hear otherwise, we have to presume that this is done for financial reasons, and it is more common for this to occur with long-running shows when linear ratings are down and networks are anxious to save expenses. However, that doesn’t make things simple for the audience.
Will Kelli Giddish Leave the Show?
While Law & Order: SVU has been without its star for years after Christopher Meloni’s departure, Chicago Fire has had many departures, and FBI: Most Wanted has lost its star in the past year. In addition, Kelli Giddish will leave SVU at some point in season 24, so fans should get ready for that as well.
Soffer’s departure has been floating around for a time, and it has been met with a lot of disappointment on the part of viewers. A number of actors have left the Dick Wolf universe, which is a notable feature of its history despite the series’ fame.
One Memorable Encounter in the Finale
Considering the impact Jay’s departure will have on Voight’s character, the two of them are bound to share at least one memorable encounter in the finale.
“A lot of Halstead’s personality and perspective bled into Voight and vice versa,” the showrunner noted. “Now you pull a piece of that away. Voight’s going to be in a very different spot and there’s going to need to be somebody that comes in and kind of counterbalances him and can provide that foil to him because otherwise Voight can be left to his own devices, which are not always great.” We’ll have to wait to see who takes over that role for the sergeant.