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Shonda Rhimes Talks Casting Kerry Washington as 'Scandal's Olivia Pope: 'I Knew I Wanted Kerry'

Shonda Rhimes and the cast of Scandal celebrated the series finale of their hit ABC show on Thursday night (April 19) with a special appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Stars Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern were all in attendance.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Scandal

Kerry and Shonda came out first, and recalled how casting her as Olivia Pope went down: “I remember you first coming in,” Shonda said on the show, turning to Kerry. “Kerry first came in, and I had been meeting like all of these actresses.”

“Everybody wanted this part,’ Kerry added. “But you came in and it was amazing!” said Shonda. ‘It was literally like two seconds in, you started talking about politics and I knew I wanted Kerry for the part.”

Shonda also reveals that, yes, she knows what that ending means, and no, she’s never telling. “I get one last thing to say is a spoiler that I get to hold onto ’til the end of my life,” Shonda said – Watch all the videos below!


Shonda Rhimes on Casting Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

FYI: Kerry is wearing a Johanna Ortiz dress.

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Kerry Washington & 'Scandal' Cast Read the Series Finale for a Live Audience!

Kerry Washington walks the carpet while attending the live stage reading of the Scandal series finale on Thursday (April 19) at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

The Emmy-nominated actress was joined at the event by co-stars Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Joe Morton, Joshua Malina, Jeff Perry, George Newbern, Cornelius Smith Jr., and executive producers Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Tom Verica.

Make sure to read our full recap of the series finale and also find out Kerry‘s reaction to the final moment of the episode.

FYI: Kerry is wearing Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and Established earrings. Bellamy is wearing a Winonah jumpsuit. Darby is wearing a Maria Lucia Hohan dress.

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Kerry Washington & Co-Stars Share Tributes After Wrapping Production of 'Scandal'

After seven season, the stars of Scandal are saying goodbye to their hit show.

Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Katie Lowes, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Darby Stanchfield, Jeff Perry, Cornelius Smith Jr, Joe Morton, Scott Foley, Guillermo Diaz, George Newbern, and creator Shonda Rhimes took to social media on Friday (March 16) to share tons of photos and sweet messages as they wrapped production on the final episode of the ABC drama.

“Heading home. This was the most unforgettable FRATURDAY ever!!!!!!!! #Scandal I’m overwhelmed with gratitude,” Kerry tweeted.

The final episode of Scandal is set to air on Thursday, April 19 at 9/8c on ABC.

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Olivia Pope & Annalise Keating Meet in Shondaland Crossover Episode!

Kerry Washington‘s Olivia Pope and Viola Davis‘ Annalise Keating are meeting for the first time in the Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder crossover episode airing TONIGHT (March 1) on ABC!

In the first hour of the episode airing during Scandal, Olivia gets a visit from Annalise, who needs help fast-tracking a judicial reform class action suit to the United States Supreme Court.

Photos have been released from the episode and Annalise and Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) get the chance to meet with former President Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and current President Grant (Bellamy Young).

In the photos from How to Get Away with Murder, it looks like Annalise and Olivia get to the Supreme Court!

Make sure to tune in at 9/8c on ABC to watch the crossover episode!

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'Scandal' Cast Makes One Last 'Ellen' Appearance Together, Talks About Show's Ending

Kerry Washington and the cast of Scandal step out for an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Wednesday (February 28).

The full cast of the ABC show made one last appearance on the show ahead of the series finale, which will air later this season.

The stars said that they still don’t know how the show is going to end and the final table read is happening later this week, which is when they’ll read the last script.

Kerry was joined by co-stars Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, Bellamy Young, Jeff Perry, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Joshua Malina, Joe Morton, George Newbern, and Cornelius Smith Jr.

FYI: Katie is wearing Jennifer Meyer jewelry.

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