Williams told E! News in a statement, “I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda [Rhimes], the network, studio, fellow cast mates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen and Debbie [Allen]. 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.”
Executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff also told the outlet, “Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist. Watching his evolution these past 11 years both on-screen and off has been a true gift. Jesse brings so much heart, such depth of care, and so much intelligence to his work. We will miss Jesse terribly and we will miss Jackson Avery—played to perfection for so many years.”
Williams is the latest beloved cast member to say goodbye to the series. Earlier this season, Giacomo Gianniotti (who played Andrew DeLuca) ended his role after his character was killed on the crossover episode of Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy .
We’ll miss you, Dr. Avery. (And we’re already crossing our fingers for a big return.)
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