Jessie Williams has given us many unforgettable moments as Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy, but his time on this show is coming to an end. The actor announced his decision to leave the long-running medical drama after twelve seasons.
The latest Grey’s Anatomy episode “Look Up Child” served as a send-off to Williams’s character and allowed him to tie some loose ends. He’ll make his last appearance on this series in the upcoming episode “Tradition”, which will air on May 20th.
In an official statement announcing his exit, Williams said he’ll “forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities” provided to him by the mastermind behind this show, his fellow castmates, and crew. He also took a moment to thank the fans, “who breathe so much energy and appreciation into [their] shared worlds.”
Williams joined Grey’s Anatomy in 2009 as Jackson Avery and quickly became one of the show’s MVPs and fan favorites. Over the course of the last decades, he expanded his filmography beyond this series and breached out to production. He served as a producer of several documentaries and short films, including the Oscar-winning short Two Distant Strangers.