Variety reported on Thursday, October 20, that Soffer, 38, might be again to direct episode 16 of the Dick Wolf present’s tenth season after departing the procedural as Detective Jay Halstead earlier this month. The episode is about to air someday in 2023.
Prior to his exit, the New York native starred in 189 installments of the sequence, he confirmed in August that he would be leaving after the first three episodes of season 10. Soffer — and his character — stated goodbye to Chicago P.D. on the October 5 episode, when Jay resigned from the police power and parted methods with spouse Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) for a military job in Bolivia.
“I took the job. I’ll be posted in Bolivia. It’s black and white. It’s good and bad. It’s right and wrong. It’s no more of this. I need that. I need that back,” Jay defined to Hailey throughout the emotional second. “It’s not forever. It’s eight months, maybe a little longer. But I swear to you that we’re going to get through this because you’re the love of my life, and if I’m yours, then you’ll know that you have to let me go.”
Soffer initially introduced in a press release on August 29 that he was leaving the NBC present.
“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,” he instructed Variety. “To create this hour drama week after week has been a labor of love by everyone who touches the show. I will always be proud of my time as Det. Jay Halstead.”
The In Time star later took to social media to share the information personally with 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 wrote by way of Twitter.
At the time, Soffer’s costar Spiridakos, 34 — who performs half of the fan-favorite couple Upstead — confirmed her help for her onscreen love curiosity, writing via Instagram, “Jesse, what can I say, you’re the absolute best. Thank you for your kindness, your guidance and your friendship. You’re the greatest onscreen husband a girl could ask for. I’ll miss being on set with you every day. I can’t wait to see what the world has in store for you next. #upsteadforever.”
On the day of his departure, Soffer addressed his exit by live-tweeting his closing moments with followers.
“I left it all out there for this one. Episode 1003 of Chicago PD, ‘A Good Man’ airs tonight at 10/9 central on NBC. Who’s watching with me?” he captioned a number of stills of the heart-wrenching episode.
Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays on NBC at 10 p.m. ET.