Heteroaryl sulfones are capable of converting the carbonyl functionalities to alkenyl motifs, which is well-known as Julia-Kocienski olefination reaction. However, their sulfoxide analogues have failed in such an olefination reaction for over twenty years. In this Letter, we demonstrate that the heteroaryl sulfoxide-participated carbonyl olefination reaction can be realized under certain conditions. Furthermore, a novel defluorinative olefination of diaryl ketones has been achieved with 2-pyridyl sulfoxides. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.