Jesse Lee Soffer Confirms Return to ‘Chicago PD’ With New Role

Soffer exited the series earlier this month after portraying fan-favorite detective Jay Halstead for ten seasons.

Jesse Lee Soffer is coming back to Chicago PD sort of.

While we won't see him back on our TV screens, Soffer will be working his magic from behind the camera.

The actor—who portrayed Jay Halstead for ten seasons and made his final appearance on the series earlier this month—will be returning to the franchise to direct, per Variety.

The outlet confirmed Soffer will return to direct Episode 16 of the current season, which will air sometime in 2023.

The news comes after comeback rumors began swirling as eagle-eyed fans spotted Soffer on set once again.

Soffer confirmed the news himself on Twitter, sharing a thumbs up and a clapperboard emoji in response to a tweet from the outlet that read: "#ChicagoPD is welcoming back @JesseLeeSoffer to direct episode 16!" 

After 189 episodes, Halstead was written out of the show during the Oct. 3 episode. However, the door was left open for a comeback or guest appearance as his character resigned from Intelligence to take on an eight-month-long job in Bolivia with the army.

Newcomer Benjamin Levy Aguilar has attempted to fill the void. He first appeared in the drama's ninth season but was upped to series regular ahead of Season 10. He joins longtime cast members Tracy Spiridakos, Jason Beghe, Marina Squerciati, Patrick Flueger, LaRoyce Hawkins and Amy Morton.

Sister show Chicago Med will also lose a fan-favorite character this season as Brian Tee, who plays Ethan Choi, recently announced his exit. He will also be back for his directorial debut later this season. 

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