Still shocked by Chase’s seemingly early departure from House? So is he!
EW caught up with the House star this morning at NBC’s Upfront presentation in New York, where the actor was promoting his just-picked up drama Chicago Fire. He revealed to us that he was just as stunned as the audience was when Chase decided to quit his job at Princeton-Plainsboro. “I’ve still yet to see it, but that’s how I felt. I’m still in shock, too. It’s very bittersweet, to come off something like that,” he says. But not to worry, he says, Chase will be back for next week’s series finale.
“I will be in the final episode, along with all 365 cast members that are in the final episode,” he jokes, referring to the host of returning cast members who will appear in the finale hour. “The final episode, I hope the fans enjoy and are satisfied by it. I think it’s an appropriate ending, and a satisfying ending. [It’s] still bittersweet, but I think they really wrap it up very nicely, and they’ve done a fantastic job on that show.”
While mum on details, Spencer says Chase’s story ends on a rather open-ended note that may surprise people. “I can’t tell you what it is. It’s actually very short, but it’s so great. It’s this tiny little bit [that] opens up a whole new story, and we go ‘Oh my God.’ And [it leaves you] wondering,” he says. “You kind of know where it is going, but you’d like to see where it goes from there. Then the series ends. I like it. I can’t wait.”
Spencer wasted no time jumping into Chicago Fire, an action-packed series that follows a band of fighter fighters in the Windy City, but “it’s been very hard,” he admits. “As an actor, to play the same character for 8 years like that, it has its positives and negatives and the negatives are, when you have to switch gears, it can really throw you.” he says. “But [Chicago Fire] is much less cerebral than House — or House can be — in the best possible way. And the action stuff too, was just a great complement to the character stuff.”
Chicago Fire premieres in the fall and was part of NBC’s big slate of pick ups announced late last week.
(Erin Strecker contributed to this report.)