By Sandra Rose  | 

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Jesse Williams, pictured right, is set to take over the coveted role previously won by disgraced actor Jussie Smollett in a Tony award-winning Broadway play.

Williams, 37, will make his Broadway debut in next year's revival of Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning 2002 play Take Me Out, reports.

Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey's Anatomy and has appeared in Lee Daniels' The Butler and The Cabin in the Woods, will play the lead role of Darren Lemming, a mixed-race professional baseball player at the peak of his career who decides to come out of the closet.

Smollett's legal troubles cost him the lead role in the Broadway play. The play debuted on Broadway on February 27, 2003, and ran for 355 performances. It won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Play.

Smollett, who is biracial and openly homosexual, was set to play the lead role, but he was dropped from the play after police arrested him for staging a hate crime hoax in Chicago.

Take Me Out explores homophobia, racism, classism and toxic masculinity in men's sports.

Smollett, 33, was in New York City to audition for the role, 12 hours before he staged a hate crime with two Nigerian-American brothers in January.

Greenberg's play sparked speculation that it was based on Major League baseball star Derek Jeter. But the rumors were unfounded.

Photos by Tiffany Rose/WireImage, Prince Williams/Wireimage

  • jazmine

    Why was this even a choice? Scandal aside the better actor won.

  • luVn_liFe…


  • PLEASEDontTellMe
  • KcoolMuziq

    Jesse(whom I worked with on Grey's Anatomy) hasn't been free of scandal himself. But I will say he was a pleasure to work with and was a gentleman & a scholar.

  • Marlika

    Oh well it sucks to be jussie ?

  • joel adams

    Is it me?
    I don’t see the hype of Jesse Williams.
    Honesty, Lucien Laviscount would’ve been better

  • ClaireHuxtable

    What for you is for you. So just keep it moving, Jussie.

  • Gloria

    I feel the same. He’s an ok actor but I think he gets love for being a “voice” about inequality and such. Plus he’s Good looking.

  • joel adams

    He look normal to me. Lucien would KILL this roll

  • Roderick2011

    Wow. Jesse has fallen off in the looks department.
    Did his ex wife put the hoo doo on him.
    I hope not.

  • Roderick2011

    You must be triplets because you've worked with everyone in Hollywood since Shep was a pup.

  • doriday

    Ever since what's his name gave that speech at that popular awards show. They started calling him Jesse. So it stuck. Cameras panned on Jessie showing the amusement.

  • PrettyNetty28

    You know what..??

  • doriday

    Being a parent does that. Regardless of debacle with his ex wife he loves his kids.

  • Chicagowise

    The media just released a report that Ms. Jussie referred to his trainers as being "black as sin."

  • CardiB’sAbs

    That’s what I was thinking

  • DroneRivers

    Lol @ that pic of Jussie. Sandra, you're funny.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hilarious ... even that cry look fake rofl

  • JayBird

    He know he outta stop cause his momma is "black as sin" as well. A mess!

  • DeepThinker
  • Nathan Hastings

    Jessie is the better actor so...

  • hottlanta

    Jessie wife counting them checks. Yassss

  • Blak

    They traded on one gay drama queen for another

  • Ms..N

    Lol especially since he's posting pics of his new boo!!

  • Wreckognize Game

    He probably doesn’t sing but still could be the better singer too. Jussie is #goatthroat

  • Diva_woman

    Jesse’s divorce drama seems so small now compared to the Jussie debacle

  • Lady Elle

    That picture of Jussie has me in tears...laughing ???

  • T865!

    ??? the picture of Jussie ??????????

  • hottlanta

    I will be posting pictures of my bank deposits n highlight the ones that says direct deposit.??

  • NaeNae2015

    You DEAD wrong ????

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Had to scroll back up???

  • Chapter29Chick

    Aren't u lucky
    [coughs sarcasm]

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Why am I imaging Jessie (No U) in two yrs living in his sister's guest house telling his nieces and nephews how the CPD caused his fall from grace? *Terry Malloy voice* You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender for the Academy Award. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. ?

  • Vonn
  • Vonn

    Goat throat? ??

  • Topic Influencer
  • Pamela

    They could have GONE with Michael Ealy.

  • TamG

    Lol @ that crying pic of Jussie. Too funny.


    Why the crying pic though ?

  • GrapeCrush

    Bwahahaha!! ??

  • GrapeCrush

    Seriously?? ?????

  • Space Ghost

    Yeesh! Talk about watching a career burn into flames right in front of me!

  • Vonn


  • angrysolo

    the same Goat Throat that misplaced that subway sandwich?

  • samuel severino

    So true. Jesse W is known for strolling through W Hollywood for the types of men he prefers. His whole marriage, at least on his end, was a cover.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Me evah

  • PetiteButterScotch

    He even looks fake upset in the pic—I mean...??????

  • iWasteTime


  • Witch

    Jussie is such a baby. He'll b alright he's not a starving artist like many who enter show biz. Maybe he should help people . Giving back is a great way to heal from a bad deed you've done.

  • Witch

    Is any body hetero these days? That ATRAZINe aint no joke.

  • Witch


  • Witch

    She looks like a Wiccan
    That's the ww or black hipster chick way of vooodooo

  • Logan Roberts

    Sis needs to go into hiding for at least two years and then come back. Jesse I haven't forgot you cheated on your day one ninja.

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  • ?? Kari ?????????

    I knew that bogus chat of fake crying with Robin Roberts was poor acting!!

  • Wreckognize Game

    I wanted to believe him and I kept my benefit of doubt for him. I just wanted him to
    1. stop talking about this in the media
    2. Just stop singing FOREVA (insert Cardi B meme)

  • Victorious82

    The def didn’t want someone that could pass the paper bag test.

  • TeeJay


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  • EasyBreezy

    What 'chu talkin' bout, Willis?

  • imright

    i see they were going for s specific look...?

  • EasyBreezy

    ...and her T-cell count??????????

  • EasyBreezy

    So it's safe to say Denzel Washington, Michael K. Williams, and Don Cheadle were not considered?

  • ThatNigerianGirl

    Maybe cus the character is said to be mixed race right?