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Longtime Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams is leaving the show

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SPOILERS: Do not read this article if you have not watched the May 6 episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Jesse Williams, who has played surgeon Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy since the show’s sixth season, will be leaving the ABC medical drama at the end of this season, its 17th. Williams’ final episode, titled ‘Tradition,’ will air on May 20.

ABC confirmed Williams’ departure to Variety and provided statements from the actor and from Grey’s Anatomy showrunner, Krista Vernoff.

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Jesse Williams plays surgeon Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy. (Walt Disney Television via Getty)

“Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist,” Vernoff said. “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.”

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Over the years, the character of Jackson has evolved from being a privileged plastic surgeon to a caring doctor focusing on inequities in health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This season, Jackson has found closure with other Grey’s Anatomy characters, including his mother, Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen) — and in Thursday’s episode, with his ex-wife April, played by Sarah Drew, who left the show in 2018.

The pressure is on as a determined Bailey tackles her first day as Chief; meanwhile, April’s marriage is in jeopardy and she finds herself unable to address her problems; Meredith struggles to juggle all her responsibilities and Amelia works to define her relationship with Owen, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 (8:00–9:00 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/Walt Disney Television via Get (Walt Disney Television via Getty)

In a statement, Williams said: “I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda, the network, studio, fellow castmates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen, and Debbie. 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.

“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.”

The news that Williams is leaving Grey’s Anatomy was first reported by Deadline.

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Russell Brand devastated after dog mauls wallaby

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Russell Brand is devastated after his dog mauled a wallaby.

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The 46-year-old comedian was walking his German Shepherd called Bear near his home in Henley-on-Thames when the dog attacked and killed the marsupial, although Russell managed to save the joey in its pouch.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Absolutely no one is ¬blaming Russell or his dog — it’s just a horrible accident. In fact Russell was the hero because he managed to save the little joey. It could have been far worse if he hadn’t stepped in so quickly.

“He is a very caring man with animals — he has plenty of pets and they’re all his babies. I understand he’s devastated over what happened. It’s really sad.”

Russell is an animal rights activist and previously revealed he hasn’t eaten meat since he was 14 before going completely vegan after watching the 2017 documentary ‘What The Health’.

He said: “I was vegetarian from when I was a little kid. [From 14-years-old,] because of The Smiths. And because of like, ‘oh, what? they do what in factory farms’ Y’know like, it was too brutal.

“[What The Health shows] how the diabetes, heart, and cancer foundation of America were funded by sort of meat and dairy and egg industries. And, like, they give the advice on what foods are healthy … we’re not meant to eat any of that.

“So, the reason to become vegan, it was sort of anger actually, thinking about it now.”

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