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Jesse Williams And Sarah Drew Set To Return To 'Grey's Anatomy'

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By Favour Adegoke on April 25, 2022 at 6:00 AM EDT
Updated on October 18, 2022 at 7:27 AM EDT

Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew will reportedly be on the season 18 finale of the ABC medical drama series "Grey's Anatomy." The two will reprise their roles as love interests, Dr. Jackson Avery and Dr. April Kepner, in the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

After 10 seasons as a series regular, Williams left the series because he wanted to explore different acting roles and get out of his "comfort zone." Drew was let go along with some other members of the cast. The show producers revealed that the cuts were purely creative decisions on the part of the writers.

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The two actors previously indicated an interest in returning to the series. Williams admitted that there was a possibility because his character was still alive in the show. Drew, on her part, expressed absolute interest in returning to "Grey's Anatomy."

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Williams And Drew Are Returning To 'Grey's Anatomy'

Williams and Drew are rejoining the cast of "Grey's Anatomy." According to Deadline, the actors will make a special guest appearance in the season 18 finale dated May 26. They last appeared on the ABC media drama as Dr. April and Dr. Jackson over a year ago.

There isn't much known about their return except that the two actors will reprise their previous roles in "Grey's Anatomy," and their return could be a sort of update to the viewers. The duo was often referred to as "Japril" by fans.

Drew previously returned in season 17 to help her on-screen ex-husband Williams tie loose ends in his storyline. Williams left the show after 10 seasons because he wanted to broaden his acting career.

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Drew And Williams Were Open To Returning To 'Grey's Anatomy'

The two actors previously expressed interest in rejoining the cast of "Grey's Anatomy." In a February interview with Entertainment Tonight, Williams revealed that since Jackson still exists in the series, returning to "Grey's Anatomy" was a possibility.

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He said, "I'd consider it. He still exists in the world of the show. So, yeah, it's totally a possibility." The actor also talked about Jackson and April's relationship. "I would imagine they're definitely around each other, and they're definitely seeing each other, for sure," Williams added.

Drew, on her part, revealed that she was "absolutely" ready for a return to the series. In an interview with ET a month later, the actress said, "It was a beautiful experience. It felt so warm, welcoming. It felt like a full-circle moment of closing my story in a way that I didn't honestly know I needed." The actress added that the series would always have her heart and "always be my family."

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Drew Had To 'Part Ways' With Her Character After 'Grey's Anatomy' Cut

Following her unexpected exit from the medical series, Drew mentioned that she saw the cast and crew of the show as her family. The 41-year-old added that although coming back to "Grey's Anatomy" would be hard for her, she was always open to the idea.

She said, "I'll never say never because they are my family. I still love everyone over there. I love that community, and I still have such an incredible space in my heart for everyone over there." Drew also shed some light on how she parted ways with her long-time character April.

The actress continued, "But I really do feel like, because of how it went down, I really had to part ways with April; I just had to. There was no way for me to live in a space of possibility of her returning and also be healthy in my letting go of all of it, so I really have said goodbye to her."

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Why Drew Left 'Grey's Anatomy'

Drew left "Grey's Anatomy" after season nine, along with cast member Jessica Capshaw (Dr. Arizona Robbins). Drew's character left the series after she married Matthew Taylor (Justin Bruening) and quit her job at the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Sarah Drew at the "It's A Wonderful Lifetime" Red Carpet event, The Grove.
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Her departure from the ABC drama caused a huge uproar. Several people speculated that her and Capshaw's cuts were done to make up for the lead character, Ellen Pompeo's $20 million salary. A rumor that the actor vehemently denied. Show creator Shonda Rhimes and executive producer Krista Vernoff revealed that the choice was strictly a creative decision, not compensation.

Drew confessed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she wasn't exactly happy about the cut but felt it was for the best. She said, "I was told that the show had too many characters and that they needed to downsize because they couldn't service all of the characters effectively. They didn't want any of us to be left in the background and not getting much of a story."

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