Grey’s Anatomy: Jesse Williams (Jackson) quits series ahead of season 17 finale [SPOILERS]

Present in “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2009 in the role of Doctor Jackson Avery, Jesse Williams leaves the successful medical series. Its final episode will air on May 20 in the United States. Will we have a happy ending for Japril?

As many Grey’s Anatomy fans had predicted, episode 14 of season 17, which aired last night in the United States and focused on Jackson and his reunion with April (Sarah Drew), was indeed intended to initiate the departure of Jesse Williams, who is leaving the series after 12 seasons as Doctor Avery.

In this event episode, titled “Look Up Child”, Jackson successively visits his father (Eric Roberts) and April to tell them that he has decided to move to Boston in order to take the helm of the Harper Foundation. Avery and “to create true racial equality in the world of medicine”.

He asks April to also move there with Matthew and Harriet so that he is not separated from their daughter, and it is then that April reveals to him a piece of information about his private life that is sure to come back. to make the effect of a bomb on the televiewers: she separated from Matthew.

Will this twist push Jackson and April into each other’s arms again and allow the “Japril” couple to have their happy ending? For now, the secret is well kept. But according to Deadline, Jesse Williams will make his last appearance in Grey’s Anatomy on May 20, during episode 15 of season 17. Two weeks before the final season, scheduled for June 3 across the Atlantic on ABC.

“I will be eternally grateful for the endless opportunities given to me by Shonda Rhimes, the channel, the studio, my play partners, our amazing team, Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo, and Debbie Allen”, said Jesse Williams in a statement relayed by Deadline.

“The experience of having been able to create nearly 300 hours of television is a gift that I will always cherish. I am immensely proud of our work, of the impact we have had, and of being able to move forward with so many tools, opportunities and dear friends “.

Grey's anatomy: jesse williams (jackson) quits series ahead of season 17 finale [spoilers]

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Krista Vernoff, the showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, also reacted to the departure of the interpreter of Jackson, which follows the farewell, a few weeks ago, of another regular member of the cast:

“Jesse is an amazing comedian and activist. Watching him evolve for 11 years, on and off the set, has been a real treat. Jesse brings so much heart, depth, and intelligence to everything he does. ‘he undertakes. He will be sorely missed, as will Jackson Avery, whom he embodied to perfection for so many years, will be missed. “.

Arrived within the cast of Grey’s Anatomy in season 6, Jesse Williams was promoted to regular the following year. He had since become one of the central comedians of the series and his character was a fan favorite. But his contract was coming to an end at the end of season 17 and he made the choice not to renew it in order to devote himself to other projects, in particular as a director.

Note that an eighteenth season of Grey’s Anatomy has still not been confirmed at the moment, negotiations still continuing with Ellen Pompeo according to TVLine.

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