‘Chicago Fire’ Star Monica Raymund Opens Up About Jesse Spencer’s Departure

by Samantha Whidden

Following the unexpected departure of Jesse Spencer, former Chicago Fire star Monica Raymund is now speaking out about the exit of her former castmate.

While speaking about Spencer’s plot twist, the Chicago Fire alum revealed to Deadline that she just found out about his departure from the hit series. “I wish Jesse all the best. I love him so much. They were so lucky to have him and I’m excited to see what he does next.”

Raymond then stated she was actually supposed to return to Chicago Fire at the end of the last season. But she was unable to because of health restrictions associated with the pandemic. She also spoke about her former character. “I love Derek [Haas]. He’s my boy. I never close the door on Gabriela Dawson. The door is always open. I never say no to an opportunity to tell stories.  

Jesse Spencer departed from Chicago Fire during the show’s 200th episode, which aired last week. Spencer played Matthew Casey since the show’s first episode. 

‘Chicago Fire’ Showrunner Admits He Hates That Jesse Spencer Is Leaving 

Deadline also reported that Chicago Fire showrunner, Derek Haas, not a fan of Jesse Spencer departing from the series. “I hate that Jesse’s leaving. It was a very difficult episode to write.”

Haas further explained that Spencer has been incredible from day one of Chicago Fire’s pilot to the 200th episodes and his departure. “He’s one of my favorite people beyond acting. Anytime I was in Chicago, I would call Jessie to get together.”

The Chicago Fire showrunner admitted he has some bittersweet feelings (or bitter feelings) about Spencer’s departure. “But I thought the episode turned out really well. I just want to thank Jesse public for his amazing service and friendship. And for making the show incredible.” 

Spencer spoke about his Chicago Fire exit by stating he thinks it was “pretty organic” that his character’s leaving. “He’s going for three years, but is he? We don’t know. It’s been a long time coming when you know how these compadres have gone through life and death together.”

Spencer admitted the goodbye was hard. “It was bittersweet, but I really enjoyed it and we got some laughs out of it.” 

In regards to the relationship between his character and Kara Killmer’s Sylvie Brett, Spencer noted, “It was difficult because I really like Kara. And we’ve established a really nice relationship. I really liked working with her. And there’s always a chance I’ll come back too. We’re still toying with the ‘Will Casey Come Back?’ That’s a possibility, you know. Derek and I talked about that and it’s a possibility for me too.”