‘Chicago Fire’ Star Jesse Spencer Reveals the Real-Life Reason He is Leaving Show

by Shelby Scott

Wednesday night debuted the 200th episode of NBC’s “Chicago Fire.” Among other new plot lines, we’ve found out that Matt Casey actor Jesse Spencer is officially leaving the show. Last week hinted at Spencer’s departure. The revelation came after his character’s return home from Oregon and a heart-to-heart discussion with Lieutenant Christopher Herrmann. Now, Spencer’s revealed why he’s actually leaving the show.

Season 10 of “Chicago Fire” reintroduced fans to the now-teenaged sons of a firefighter that died back in season one. Come to find, the deceased fireman’s boys are struggling at home, with threats of foster care consistently at their door. True to Matt Casey fashion, he decides to leave Chicago. In addition, he leaves new girlfriend and paramedic Sylvie Brett to take care of his late friend’s sons in Oregon.

Jesse Spencer Marks 18-Year Milestone on Network Television

According to TVLine, Spencer’s character Casey was one of six remaining original “Chicago Fire” regulars. He was accompanied by Taylor Kinney (Kelly Severed), David Eigenberg (Christopher Herrmann), Eamonn Walker (Chief Boden), Christian Stolte (Mouch), and Joe Minoso (Joe Cruz). Now, after 10 years on “Chicago Fire” preceded by eight years on Fox‘s “House,” it appears Spencer is ready for a break.

“I realized I’ve been doing TV for a long time,” the actor shared during a Zoom press conference. “[T]his year is my 18th year of network television,” Spencer concluded.

Fortunately, for Spencer, Wolf Entertainment, and fans all around, it appears the actor plans to leave on good terms. “I’ve loved the show from the start, but there are other things that I would like to do in the future, and there’s some family that I need to take care of.”

Even off screen, it appears the actor embodies the familial values of our favorite Firehouse 51 captain.

“Chicago Fire” 200th Episode Full Circles From Pilot

“Chicago Fire” fans will no doubt miss the series original character. However, showrunners forged Matt Casey’s good-bye episode in a well-structured and meaningful way.

Showrunner Derek Haas shared of Spencer’s decision to leave, “I was, of course, wanting to talk Jesse into staying and coming back.”

However, while the decision creates a pivotal moment of transformation at 51, the character’s exit came in a logical, emotional, and positive series of events.

“I was very happy that he gave us five more episodes,” Haas stated. He added, “That let us bring back a storyline from Season 1, which I know Jesse was excited about” and could “really tie in the pilot to Jesse’s leaving.”

However, the full-circle plotline isn’t the only attribute that made “Chicago Fire’s” 200th episode meaningful. Fans of the hit show idolize Chief Boden for his love, passion, and commitment to his crew at 51. Although, TVLine revealed Derek Haas shared his own thoughts about Jesse Spencer’s departure through the chief’s speech at the end of the milestone episode.

The showrunner shared, “that was a really difficult scene to write. Jesse meant so much to me. I wanted to end the episode with that.”