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Shonda Rhimes & Her Leading Ladies Cover EW's New Issue!

Shonda Rhimes and her leading ladies, Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, and Viola Davis take the cover of EW‘s latest issue!

There are four separate covers highlighting Shonda‘s hit ABC shows Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Scandal. Here’s what the cast had to share about their shows:

Ellen, on the sexist response to McDreamy’s death: “All of a sudden, ­Patrick [Dempsey] leaves, and it’s like, Oh my God, ­Meredith’s gonna get killed with Alzheimer’s! The show couldn’t possibly go on ­without the man!”

Viola, on colorism in the entertainment industry: “You have to come from Detroit or Atlanta to be black. If you have John Denver on your iPod and you come from Central Falls, Rhode Island, then: Eh, you trickle-down black woman.”

Kerry, on why it’s different to work for a female showrunner: “I was talking to an actress who’s pregnant and really worried about telling her bosses, and I said, ‘Yeah, when I told my boss I was pregnant, she literally jumped up and down in my trailer.’ I don’t know if there’s a male show­runner who would do that.”

For more from the ladies, visit EW.com!

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Ellen Pompeo Talks Why 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 12 Will Be Different

Ellen Pompeo shows some skin in a cut out tank top after getting lunch on Friday afternoon (August 21) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 45-year-old Grey’s Anatomy actress was joined by a male friend.

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Ellen recently told The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming 12th season of Grey’s.

“It feels a lot different. Every time we lose someone big — when we lost Sandra Oh — when we lose anybody — it’s a big shift. But a show that runs this long, you welcome those big changes,” she explained.

“It makes everything feel so much different and that’s what we’re looking for in season 12. We’re looking for things to not stay the same. They have to stay the same to some extent but you welcome change because that’s what inspires the writers, that’s what inspires the actors. Change is necessary for growth.”

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Ellen Pompeo Speaks Out on McDreamy's 'Grey's Anatomy' Death

Ellen Pompeo is all smiles as she heads out on a shopping trip on Thursday afternoon (August 6) in Los Angeles.

The 45-year-old actress recently attended the 2015 Summer TCA Tour, where she spoke about her show Grey’s Anatomy, which recently began filming its 12th season.

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Fans of the show were upset to see the famed McDreamy character killed off the show but Ellen said it was necessary for the series to continue.

“In order for a one-hour drama to continue, there has to be big upheavals. Every time we’ve lost a major character — we’ve had such amazing characters on the show and every time we’ve lost one, it’s been devastating and sad. You think, ‘How can the show go on?’ But that’s how the writers find inspiration. So the loss of the big characters is exactly how the show does go on,” Ellen explained.

FYI: Ellen is wearing a Forever 21 dress.

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Kerry Washington Says Olivia Pope Is Not a Role Model

Kerry Washington and Viola Davis are all smiles while attending the ABC portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour on Tuesday (August 4) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The ladies were joined by Shonda Rhimes, the creator of their respective shows Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo.

Kerry opened up about why she doesn’t think her character Olivia Pope should be a role model.

“I’ve always thought it was misguided when people tell me that Olivia is their role model,” Kerry said (via TV Line). “Because she’s having an affair with a married man, who is President of the United States. And a murderer.”

“There are things that are very admirable,” she added. “She’s an entrepeneur, she’s very smart, she has an amazing closet… [but] she is nobody’s role model.”

FYI: Kerry is wearing a Mary Katrantzou dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. Viola is wearing a Carmen Marc Valvo dress.

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Shonda Rhimes Defends Killing Derek Off 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes sit in a panel together during the ABC portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour on Tuesday (August 4) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The ladies were joined on the panel by Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away with Murder‘s Viola Davis.

Shonda opened up about why she decided to kill off Patrick Dempsey‘s character Derek from Grey’s Anatomy after the actor made plans to leave the show.

“The decision to have the character die the way that he did, was not a difficult one in the sense of what were the options? Either Derek was going to walk out on Meredith and leave her high and dry and what was that going to mean?” Shonda said (via THR). “That was going to suggest that their love was not true — that the thing we said for 11 years was a lie and McDreamy wasn’t McDreamy and that was untenable. Meredith and Derek’s love had to remain Meredith and Derek’s love. As painful as it was for me as a storyteller because I never thought that would happen, the only way to preserve that is Derek had to die for that love to remain honest. I couldn’t have that he turned out to be a bad guy who walked out on his wife and kid … for me, the only way was to make Derek and Meredith’s magic to remain true and forever frozen in time.”

FYI: Ellen is wearing a Roland Mouret outfit, Aquazzura shoes, and jewelry by Jennifer Meyer and Rachel Katz.

15+ pictures inside of Ellen Pompeo attending the panel… More Here! »

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Ellen Pompeo Is Hard at Work on Season 12 of 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo makes a stop at Lassen’s supermarket to pick up some taco ingredients on Tuesday afternoon (July 28) in Los Feliz, Calif.

The 45-year-old actress is currently in the middle of filming the 12th season of Grey’s Anatomy.

While on set, Ellen captured some video footage of the cute male members of the cast, including Justin Chambers, Giacomo Gianniottii, Jason George and Kevin McKidd.

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She took to her Instagram to share the video of the hunky stars.

“I’m exhausted…sooo busy at work … SEASON 12 SEPT 24th @shondarhimes knows how to pick them… My brothers..I mean @GiacamoKG @JasonWGeorge @7JustinChambers @TheRealMckidd,” she captioned the vid.

Grey’s Anatomy premieres September 12th.

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Ellen Pompeo Reveals Debbie Allen is Working on 'Grey's'

Ellen Pompeo is all smiles while out and about with her husband Chris Ivery on Monday afternoon (July 13) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 45-year-old actress was seen out for lunch with her man and some friends that day.

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Ellen took to her Twitter on Tuesday to tell Grey’s Anatomy about an exciting addition to the show’s crew for season 12.

“So [Debbie Allen] is our producing director for S# 12 and if you’ve ever seen her dance to truffle butter you’d be as excited as we are👊🔥😍,” Ellen tweeted. “Sorry to put you on blast @msdebbieallen but the fans deserve to know how you and @shondarhimes plan to set it off! 💣💣💣🙌😘.”

30+ pictures inside of Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery out for lunch… More Here! »

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