Bad news, Chicago Fire fans. After 200 episodes, Jesse Spencer has officially departed from the hit action-packed NBC series.
Variety reports that during the latest Chicago Fire episode, which was titled Two Hundred, Spencer’s character Matthew Casey made the “life-altering decision” to move to Oregon with a three-year commitment. This means that Spencer has been written out of the series.
Chicago Fire executive producer, Derek Haas, admitted prior to Spencer’s exit that he had some bittersweet feelings about the actor leaving the series. The last actor to leave the series was Annie Ilonzeh, who was Emily Foster for Seasons 7 and 8.
“I just feel like we’ve been on borrowed time for a long time,” Haas said. “And of course, I wanted to talk Jesse into staying and coming back and doing all the things for as long as we could.”
Haas goes on to add that he was very happy that the long-time Chicago Fire star gave him and his crew five more episodes instead of just leaving at the end of the last season. “Which led us to be able to bring back a storyline from Season 1 – to bring back the Darden boys.”
In regards to who will be the next commander officer of Truck 81, the Chicago Fire executive producer says he doesn’t want to spoil anything. “That becomes a major storyline through the winter break. Because obviously there are some shifting chairs within the firehouse.”
Jesse Spencer Talks About His Departure From ‘Chicago Fire’
While chatting with US Weekly, Jesse Spencer revealed more details about his Chicago Fire departure. “I’ve been doing TV for a long time. I added it up. And I think this year is my 18th year of network television straight since I went straight from House into Chicago Fire,” Spencer explained.
The now-former Chicago Fire star said the cast and crew were coming up on the 200th episode, so that was when he called Haas and broke the news. “I thought it was time to leave the show. And he agreed that we should at least get Casey to 200 episodes.”
Spencer then revealed that it was a difficult decision because he loved Chicago Fire from the start. “But there’s other things that I would love to do in the future. And there’s some family that I need to take care of. 18 years is a long time. That’s a long stretch.”
Spence then shared that while the decision to leave Chicago Fire was difficult, he admitted that it was right. “When the time comes. The time comes.”
Despite his official exit from Chicago Fire, Spencer will remain in Chicago.