Grey’s Anatomy has surprised viewers again with a surprising exit from another main character, Dr Jackson Avery played by Jesse Williams.
After 12 seasons on ABC’s hit medical drama, Williams is leaving the show at the end of the month. Williams has been on the show since season 6, and his final appearance will be next week. The actor announced his departure in a statement to Deadline.
“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,” Williams said in his statement.
He continued, “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.”
Jesse Williams’ character first appeared on season six of Grey’s Anatomy during the hospital merger with Mercy West. He quickly became popular with fans. He even won an NAACP Image Award in 2019 for best supporting actor in a drama for his role.
His final episode as Avery will air on Thursday, May 20. This is just two weeks ahead of season 17’s finale.
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