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'Scandal' Officially Ending with Season 7, Shonda Rhimes Releases Statement

It’s official – Kerry Washington‘s hit series Scandal will be ending after season seven, which will air during the 2017-18 television season.

The news was rumored last week, but ABC finally confirmed it leading up to the network’s upfronts event on Tuesday (May 16).

“Deciding how to end a show is easy,” Scandal creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “Deciding when to finish is quite simple when the end date is years away. But actually going through with it? Actually standing up to say: ‘This is it?’ Not so much. So, next year we are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our Scandal family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff.”

Click inside to read statements from the ABC execs… More Here! »

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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.

20+ pictures inside of the Scandal cast celebrating 100 episodes…More Here! »

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