Jesse Williams, the longtime ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actor is leaving the show!
Jesse Williams has played surgeon Jackson Avery on the series since the show’s sixth season.
He will be leaving the ABC medical drama at the end of this 17th season.
Williams’ final episode, titled “Tradition,” will air on May 20.
Reportedly, the show runner Vernoff and the Grey’s writers had long conversations about how to end Jackson’s story to make sure it was satisfying for fans.
For the sake of curiosity, we are not adding any spoilers in this news bit!
While a number of fans took to social media reacting to the trending news:
“Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist. Watching his evolution these past 11 years both on-screen and off has been a true gift,” Grey’s Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff said in a statement.
“Jesse brings so much heart, such depth of care, and so much intelligence to his work. We will miss Jesse terribly and we will miss Jackson Avery — played to perfection for so many years.”
Jesse Williams in a statement said: “I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda, the network, studio, fellow castmates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen, and Debbie. As an actor, director and person, I have been obscenely lucky to learn so much from so many and I thank our beautiful fans, who breathe so much energy and appreciation into our shared worlds.”
“The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I’ll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact, and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies, and dear friends,” he added.