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Jesse Williams To Exit ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ After 12 Seasons

Jesse Williams will not be returning to Grey’s Anatomy after this season.

The actor who portrays the handsome surgeon Jackson Avery has starred in the medical drama since 2009. He originally joined as recurring and was promoted to a series regular in season 7.

“I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda [Rhimes], the network, studio, fellow castmates, our incredible crew, Krista [Vernoff], Ellen [Pompeo], and Debbie [Allen],” Williams said in a statement to Deadline.

“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.”

GREY’S ANATOMY – “Look Up Child” – JESSE WILLIAMS, SARAH DREW

“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,” Grey’s Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff said in a statement. “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.”

The news about the actor exiting the show came during Thursday’s (May 6) episode. Williams’ final episode, titled “Tradition,” is set to air on May 20.

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Teyana and Iman’s Reality Show Renewed For 2nd Season

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are set to return with their unscripted reality series We Got Love Teyana & Iman, The Jasmine Brand exclusively reported. According to the publication, E! will renew the show as it scored high viewership ratings.

The series gives an unfiltered peek behind the curtain as the power couple – the R&B singer and NBA champion, along with their tight-knit entourage of family and friends, continue building their empire, all while juggling their careers and busy home life.

We Got Love Teyana & Iman first aired in June. The final episode dropped on Wednesday, September 15.

Prom scene, We Got Love Teyana & Iman S01 Ep8

In the season finale titled Fast Tunes at Aunties High, Teyana and Iman can be seen attending a recreated High School prom. Since the R&B singer missed out on the experience, the NBA champion and his team attempt to put together a dream prom for Teyana.

After episode 8 aired, viewers took it to Twitter to share their reactions.

One user wrote, “The Prom was beautiful glad she got to have one, The team did a great job bringing everything together.”

Another said, “Aww so sweettt! And he bought Hot Cheetos and Skittles!? LOL He the one sis!”

Fans also have expressed wanting more of the show. @SusieCarmichael tweeted, “I just wanna thank Junie for allowing Teyana and Iman for being on her show this season. Looking forward to a new season in the future.”

E! has not made an official announcement of the renewal at this time, but we are expecting it any day now.

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ Renewed For Season Two

Peacock’s Emmy-nominated late-night series has been renewed for a second season, Variety reported.

“We are thrilled to keep doing what we love for another season,” said host, writer, and executive producer Amber Ruffin in a statement. “Margaritas for everyone!”

The show is a mix of weekly news and comedy, now with a live studio audience. It sees Ruffin sharing her signature take on important events with added bits, songs, and bowties.

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ poster

Season one of the critically-acclaimed series will conclude this Friday, September 17. The second season will kick off on Friday, October 8, with all-new episodes dropping every Friday.

In addition to hosting her own show, Ruffin is also a writer and performer for NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. She was the first African American woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the U.S.

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Jabari Banks To Star In The Fresh Prince Reboot

The 1990s sitcom remake has found its new Fresh Prince!

The 1990s sitcom remake has found its new Fresh Prince! Philadelphia native Jabari Banks will star in the lead role that was once Will Smith’s, Variety reported.

Smith surprised the actor with the life-changing news via Zoom call. You can watch the video below.

Set in the present, Bel-Air is a one-hour dramatic retelling of the classic that recounts “Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions, and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show.”

Writer-director Morgan Cooper kick-started the project with his viral four-minute short film released in March 2019. Described as “a reinterpretation” that brings the story “into modern-day life in 2019,” the spec trailer received a lot of praise and caught the attention of many fans and Smith himself. Cooper is set to direct, co-write, and executive produce the project, which has received a two-season order.

Smith will executive produce via Westbrook Studios along with Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and original series creators Andy and Susan Borowitz.

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