Jesse Williams Exits “Grey’s Anatomy” After 12 Seasons

Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery and Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Karev in
Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery and Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Karev in "Grey's Anatomy." Photo by Gilles Mingasson/ABC/Kobal/Shutterstock (10831957aq)

Jesse Williams spent over a decade playing Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy, but his time on the set is soon coming to an end. Williams decided to say goodbye to the cast of this beloved medical drama after 12 seasons.

Williams’s departure was announced in a recent episode, “Look Up Child”, which gave a satisfying send-off to one of Grey’s Anatomy fan-favorite characters. The upcoming episode titled “Tradition”, set to air on May 20, will mark his last appearance on the show.

In an official statement announcing his exit, Williams said he’ll forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided to the mastermind behind this show, and gave a special shout-out to fans for breathing energy and appreciation into the series. 

“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,” said Williams in a statement.

Williams joined Grey’s Anatomy in 2012 and branched out beyond acting in the years to come. His recent acting credits include TV shows Little Fires Everywhere and Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Station 19. He also produced several short movies and documentaries, including the Academy Award winner for the best live-action short film, titled Two Distant Strangers.