FBI: Most Wanted is losing one of its leads. Julian McMahon has announced his departure from the CBS procedural series. His final episode is now in production, and it will air in March.
Playing FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jesse “Jess” LaCroix, McMahon has been on the series since the beginning and appeared in the backdoor pilot for the series on FBI. A new character will be introduced to fill his shoes. McMahon said the following about leaving the CBS series, per Deadline:
“Over the past few months, the producers of FBI: Most Wanted and I have had discussions about my departure from the show in favor of additional creative pursuits and the transition of my character Jess LaCroix. These ongoing conversations have given us an opportunity to orchestrate a seamless and productive way for me to leave the show.
I would like to express the gratitude and admiration I have had working with [executive producers] Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski. I’m extremely proud of the work we have done together and put the development of this show, and my character Jess, at the top of my professional experience list. I wish the show, and its cast & crew, the greatest success in the future. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play Jess; he is a good man.”
Wolf also spoke about McMahon’s exit from FBI: Most Wanted:
“We are saddened to see Julian leave. His portrayal of agent Jess LaCroix has been a key factor in the success of FBI: Most Wanted. We will miss him and we wish him the best in his next chapter.”
McMahon is not the first cast departure for FBI: Most Wanted this season. Kellan Lutz left the series in September.
What do you think? Are you surprised to find out about McMahon’s departure from FBI: Most Wanted? Do you plan to continue watching the series on CBS?