He had a GREAT run, but it’s the FINAL SCRUB-IN for ‘Dr. Jackson Avery’ on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’! After 12 seasons, Jessie Williams is LEAVING the hit show!
In a promo for the next episode, Dr. Jackson Avery (played by Jesse Williams) hands in his resignation and tells Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) that he is moving to Boston. This comes after a dramatic episode in which he confronted his absent father and his ex-wife Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew).
After Grey’s Anatomy teased that Jackson was leaving in the promo, the show confirmed that Jesse Williams was leaving the cast.
In a statement, the actor said: “I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda [Rhimes, Grey’s creator] the network, studio, fellow castmates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen and Debbie [Vernoff, Pompeo and Allen, Grey’s Anatomy executive producers]. 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.”
Williams has chosen to exit as his most recent two-year contract on the show comes to an end. His final episode will be Season 17, Episode 14, the next episode of the show which is coming to ABC in two weeks’ time.
Williams is currently the fifth longest-serving Grey’s cast member behind Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., and Kevin McKidd. He first joined the show in Season 6, Episode 9. He is also the second main cast member to leave this year following the controversial exit of Giacomo Gianniotti as Dr. Andrew DeLuca.
I am sure the FANS are saddened, but all GOOD things must come to an end, right?
We wish Jessie well in his future endeavors!