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ABC's Hit 'Scandal' Set to End After Season 7

ABC’s hit show Scandal is reportedly ending after its upcoming seventh season.

According to THR, the Shonda Rhimes drama, which stars Kerry Washington, will announce the news during the network’s upfront presentation next week.

While ABC, producers at ABC Studios and Shondaland declined to comment on the news, Shonda has previously has been vocal about the show’s uncertain future.

“I used to know how it ended, and then Donald Trump was elected. We had a destination, and I don’t know if that’s our destination anymore,” Shonda told THR earlier this year.

The show’s current season even had to abandon a planned storyline that featured Russians hacking the presidential election when the plot line hit too close to home.

Scandal has been on the air since 2012.

Kerry Washington Steps Out to Support the Bronx Children's Museum

Kerry Washington looks pretty in stripes as she arrives at the Bronx’s Children Museum Gala on Tuesday night (May 2) at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.

The 40-year-old Scandal star was joined at the event by actor Tracy Morgan and hip hop artist Swizz Beatz.

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The night before, Kerry stepped out looking extremely rock and roll in a studded dress as she attended the 2017 Met Gala.

FYI: Kerry is wearing a Carolina Herrera dress.

10+ pictures inside of the stars arriving at the event…

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Kerry Washington, Kate Bosworth & Emily Ratajkowski Hit Up Met Gala After Party 2017!

Kerry Washington keeps it chic and sophisticated while making her way inside the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel for the 2017 Met Gala After Party hosted by Katy Perry held on Monday (May 1) in New York City.

The 40-year-old Scandal star was joined at the big bash Kate Bosworth and her hubby Michael Polish, Emily Ratajkowski, Brie Larson and her handsome fiance Alex Greenwald, and Alexa Chung.

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Kerry, Kate, Emily and Brie all switched into more comfortable looks from the main event.

FYI: Kate is wearing an Emilio Pucci dress, Ara Vartanian earrings, and carrying an Edie Parker clutch. Brie is wearing Wolford’s Jamaika Body suit. Alexa is wearing a DVF dress, stole, and bag with Gucci shoes and Tiffany & Co. earrings.

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Kerry Washington Gets Studded at Met Gala 2017

Kerry Washington looked very rock n roll at the Met Gala!

The 40-year-old actress stepped out in a studded dress while attending the event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 1) in New York City.

Kerry‘s dress featured sequins and studs of all sizes and some sultry cut-outs throughout the dress.

The theme for this year’s gala is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” honoring Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, who founded the label Comme des Garçons and is known for pushing boundaries in the fashion world.

FYI: Kerry is wearing Michael Kors.

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Kerry Washington Wasn't ABC's Original Choice to Play Olivia Pope on 'Scandal'

The cast and creative team of ABC’s Scandal sat down for an interview with THR amid their 100th episode celebration – and a big reveal was made.

Apparently, ABC wanted Connie Britton for the role, and Shonda Rhimes and others on the team fought for a black actress to star. The role obviously went to Kerry Washington, who has played the role since day one!

“Nothing felt more important than the sense of outsiderness. I didn’t know that there hadn’t been a drama series with a leading black woman for 37 years. When the show got picked up [to pilot], I got a phone call from somebody who said, ‘This would be the perfect show for Connie Britton.’ I said, ‘It would be, except Olivia Pope is black,’” Shonda told THR.

“The network was reading us their top choices, and it was Connie and all white women. I panicked. Somebody finally piped up, ‘We’re going to have to redo this list,’” Linda Lowy, the casting director, added. “We tested Kerry, Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose. It was Kerry from the moment I took her to meet Shonda.”

Meanwhile, Kerry added, “This would have been a great role for Connie Britton!”

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Kerry Washington & 'Scandal' Cast Celebrate 100 Episodes

Can you believe there’s already been 100 episodes of Scandal?!

The entire cast stepped out to celebrate the huge milestone at Fig & Olive on Saturday night (April 8) in West Hollywood, Calif.

This included stars Kerry Washington, Scott Foley, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield, Guillermo Diaz, Joe Morton, Joshua Malina, Katie Lowes, Jeff Perry, George Newbern, and creator Shonda Rhimes.

“Next week we celebrate together. 100 episodes because of YOU. Our viewers. Our fans. Our #Gladiators. And this 100th ep?! NOT TO BE MISSED 😜” Kerry tweeted.

FYI: Katie is wearing a Max Mara outfit, Tamara Mellon shoes, an Edie Parker clutch, Dana Rebecca Designs earrings, and Graziela Gems jewels. Bellamy is wearing a Yousef Akbar dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, an Edie Parker clutch, Tacori earrings, and H. Stern ring. Kerry is wearing a J Mendel dress with Stuart Weitzman shoes.

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Kerry Washington Speaks to How Long She Wants to Play Scandal's Olivia Pope

Kerry Washington takes the cover of Glamour magazine’s May 2017 issue, on newsstands April 11.

Here’s what the 40-year-old Scandal star had to share with the mag:

On how much longer she wants to do Scandal: “It’s not really up to me. It’s up to Shonda [Rhimes, Scandal’s creator] and to the network. Shonda has said from the beginning that she kind of knows how it ends. So I’m trusting her to guide the arc. It’s also important for me to do other work—and playing Olivia gave me the opportunity to become a producer. The charge of my production company, Simpson Street, is to tell stories that are about people, places, and situations that may not always be considered by the mainstream. Inclusivity is not about, you know, creating a world where straight white men have no voice; it’s about creating a world where we all have a voice. So I’m excited to start that new journey, as a producer.”

On how Scandal handles race: “In the first season it was as if Olivia Pope was raceless. There was no denying that Olivia was a black woman, because I’m a black woman, playing her in badass white trench coats that call to attention the fact that I’m not looking like anybody else on television. But we didn’t talk about her identity as a black person. [Since then] the writers have become more and more willing to deal with race. When Olivia was kidnapped, it was not lost on me that the fictional president of the United States was willing to go to war to save one black woman at a time when hundreds of black women were missing in Nigeria and we were begging the world to pay attention. Shonda was saying, ‘The life of a black woman matters.’ With her dad—he is trying to instill in her this generational learning about what it means to be a person of color in the United States. And Olivia is at odds with balancing the truth of his understanding with her ability to achieve things he was never able to.”

On how this time in history has changed her as an artist: “I’m not sure how it’s changing me yet. That idea of holding each other’s hands at the Women’s March—it feels like we are being invited to do that every day. So many of us are feeling attacked, whether it’s a woman’s right to choose or headstones in a Jewish cemetery, immigrants being deported or banned. So many of us feel the need to protect and defend our democracy. And march toward the dream of being ‘We the people.’ So that’s exciting, scary, and frustrating. We’re awake. We are awake more than ever before, and we have to stay awake.… Can I say one more thing? For democracy to work, everybody has to have a voice. It’s not about demonizing other voices. It’s important that there be real conversations across the aisle. There are people on the opposite end of the political spectrum who think that I’m part of a left-wing propaganda machine. It makes me sad that people would think that, because I believe for democracy to work, there has to be diversity of thought.”

FYI: Kerry is wearing Valentino on the cover.

For more from Kerry, visit Glamour.com.

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