This Former ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Says a Return to the Show Is ‘Totally a Possibility’

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Is there another doctor coming back to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital?

Grey’s Anatomy fans have seen the return of beloved characters in recent seasons, from Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd) to T.R. Knight (George O’Malley) and even Kate Walsh (Addison Montgomery). Now, it seems Jesse Williams (AKA Dr. Jackson Avery) is open to the idea of returning to the show as well.

Yes, Dr. Avery could be coming back to Seattle for one final time. While promoting his new Broadway play Take Me Out, the actor revealed that he has contemplated returning to the medical drama.

“I’d consider it,” Williams exclusively told Entertainment Tonight. “He still exists in the world of the show. So, yeah, it’s totally a possibility.” 

On the sixth season of Grey’s Anatomy, Williams made his first appearance as Jackson Avery. After the Mercy West and Seattle Grace Hospital merger, Avery (who was a surgical intern at the time) was joined by other new faces like Dr. April Kepner (played by Sarah Drew) and more. The actor played the role for over 12 seasons until announcing his official departure toward the end of season 17. 

Back in May, the 40-year-old actor shared a final farewell letter to his Instagram page. "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," he said at the time. “I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with this array of tools, allies, opportunities and dear friends. Gratitude and love, now and forever.”

Since leaving the ABC series, Williams has remained booked and busy. He is set to play a pro baseball player named Darren Lemming in the Broadway revival, Take Me Out. Originally written by Richard Greenberg, the play tackles racial and homophobic stigmas in the sports world. 

You can catch the Grey’s Anatomy alum in the Broadway revival on April 4 at the Hayes Theater.

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