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After Exit, Jesse Lee Soffer Will Return to ‘Chicago P.D.’ in Season 10 as Director

Greetings from the Windy City! Jesse Lee Soffer may have made his final on-screen appearance on Chicago P.D., but he is returning to the NBC series as a director.

Variety reported on Thursday, October 20, that Soffer, 38, will return to direct episode 16 of the 10th season of the Dick Wolf television series after leaving the procedural earlier this month as Detective Jay Halstead. The episode is scheduled to air in 2023.

Prior to his departure, the New York native starred in 189 episodes of the series. In August, he stated that he will leave after the first three episodes of season 10. Soffer and his character bid farewell to Chicago P.D. in the October 5 episode, when Jay resigned from the police service and left his wife, Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), for an army position in Bolivia.

“I accepted the job. I will be assigned to Bolivia. It’s a binary situation. It is both excellent and awful. It is proper and improper. It is no longer the case. I require that. During an emotional time, Jay confessed to Hailey, “I need that back.” “It is not permanent. It has been eight months, or a bit longer. You are the love of my life, and if I’m yours, you’ll understand that you must let me go.”

Soffer initially announced his departure from the NBC show in a statement on August 29.

After Exit, Jesse Lee Soffer Will Return to 'Chicago P.D.' in Season 10 as Director

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to the incredible fans for their unwavering support over the past decade and 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 told Variety.

“Creating this weekly hour-long drama has been a labor of passion for everyone involved with the show. I will forever cherish my time as Detective Jay Halstead.”

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Later, the In Time actor resorted to social media to personally inform viewers.  “This is sad but true. Just want all the fans to know how grateful I am. You guys are why we do it! It has been an honor. Love you all ❤️,” he posted on Twitter.

At the time, Soffer’s co-star Spiridakos, 34, who portrays one-half of the fan-favorite duo Upstead, expressed her support for Soffer’s on-screen love interest through Instagram, saying, “Jesse, what can I say, you’re the absolute greatest. Thank you for your generosity, advice, and friendship.

You are the best fictional husband a woman could ask for. I will miss working with you every day. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you. #upsteadforever.”

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At the time, Soffer’s co-star Spiridakos, 34, who portrays one-half of the fan-favorite duo Upstead, expressed her support for Soffer’s on-screen love interest through Instagram, saying,

“Jesse, what can I say, you’re the absolute greatest. Thank you for your generosity, advice, and friendship. You are the best fictional husband a woman could ask for. I will miss working with you every day. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you. #upsteadforever.”

 

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Soffer acknowledged his leave on the day of his departure by live-tweeting his final moments with followers.

“I put everything on the line for this one. A Good Man, Episode 1003 of Chicago PD, airs tonight at 10/9 central on NBC. Who else is watching?” Several stills of the heartbreaking episode were captioned by him.

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