Why did Jesse Spencer leave Chicago Fire as Matthew Casey after 10 seasons?

Chicago Fire aired its milestone 200th episode on Wednesday, October 20, on NBC which saw a dramatic and unexpected exit. Actor Jesse Spencer was one of the original Chicago Fire cast members so it came as a shock when his character Matthew Casey announced he was leaving. But it was for a very noble reason why Matthew chose to leave Firehouse 51.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Chicago Fire.

Matthew left in season 10, episode five, Two Hundred, so he could move to Oregon to look after Griffin (played by John Babbo) and Ben Darden (Liam Booth), the sons of Firehouse 51 firefighter Andy Darden (Corey Sorenson).

He died in the pilot episode of Chicago Fire 10 years ago but Matthew is still deeply affected by his death as he grew close to Andy’s sons.

In season 10, Griffin came back for closure and revealed to Matthew his mum Heather was once again in prison for drink-driving.

To prevent Ben and Griffin from going into separate foster homes, Matthew decided he would move to Oregon and be their guardian. 

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Why did Jesse Spencer leave Chicago Fire as Matthew Casey after 10 seasons?

Actor Spencer hasn’t given an exact reason why he has left Chicago Fire.

However, in a statement made to the press, he does indicate he felt in need of a change after being on the NBC drama for the past decade.

Spencer explained: “It wraps up ten years for me. I think it was pretty organic that he’s leaving and 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.”

Despite leaving Chicago for Oregon, Matthew and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) are not breaking up.

She supports the big move and said during the episode they can try a long-distance relationship.

Whereas this would usually spell the end for couples, it apparently won’t be the case with this pair.

Deadline reported executive producer Derek Haas has already confirmed they will stay together but “things will be complicated”.

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