Julian McMahon LEAVING 'FBI: Most Wanted', showrunners saddened by his departure
This might not be the news that you're expecting from the 'FBI' franchise as the chapters that fall under it begin to air again. However, in what appears to be a shocker to many, series lead Julian McMahon has announced that he will no longer be a part of 'FBI: Most Wanted.' Having played Jess LaCroix since 2020, McMahon said that his departure was "in favor of additional creative pursuits" and that it seemed ideal for the way his character would "transition."
Part of the franchise created by Dick Wolf, 'FBI: Most Wanted' was the first spin-off that expanded the 'FBI' universe and was soon joined by 'FBI: International.' Focusing on the work of the FBI's Fugitive Task Force, 'FBI: Most Wanted' follows a small but talented team that tracks and captures fugitives who are on the Bureau's Most Wanted list. Core cast members include Kellan Lutz, Roxy Sternberg, Kiesha Castle Hughes, Nathaniel Arcand, YaYa Gosselin, Miguel Gomez, Alexa Davalos, and Dylan McDermott.
Speaking to Deadline in January about his choice to leave the show, McMahon revealed that the discussions related to his departure had been going on for months and that the conversations had given them "an opportunity to orchestrate a seamless and productive way" for him to leave 'FBI: Most Wanted." He went on to express the gratitude and admiration he felt for Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski, adding that he was "extremely proud of the work" they had done together. Julian McMahon signed off wishing the show and its cast and crew "the greatest success in the future," expressing his gratitude "to have had the opportunity to play Jess."
In a statement to Deadline, Wolf said that the team was "saddened to see Julian leave," citing McMachon's portrayal of Jess LaCroix as "a key factor in the success" of 'FBI: Most Wanted.' Wolf ended the statement wishing Julian McMahon the best, after saying that the team "will miss him."
Julian McMahon will be seen as Jess LaCroix for the last time in 'FBI: Most Wanted' Season 3 Episode 14 titled 'Shattered.' It's currently unclear how the character will be written off and we're going to have to wait to find out what happens.
'FBI: Most Wanted' airs Tuesdays at 10 pm ET on CBS