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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 his 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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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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Parenthood's Peter Krause Joins Shonda Rhimes' 'The Catch' as Male Lead!

Parenthood‘s Peter Krause has just signed on to replace NCISDamon Dayoub in Shonda Rhimes‘ new pilot The Catch!

The 49-year-old actor will star opposite Mireille Enos as a con man in the upcoming ABC series.

The show “centers on Alice, a successful fraud investigator (Enos) who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé Kieran (Krause). Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career (via TV Line)”

The Catch is set to debut mid-season on ABC.

'Scandal' & 'How To Get Away With Murder' Stars Celebrate the Upfronts!

Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, and Darby Stanchfield flash a smile as they arrive at Entertainment Weekly & People’s New York Upfronts Celebration held at The Highline Hotel on Monday (May 11) in New York City.

The three Scandal stars were joined at the event by their co-stars Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes, and Tony Goldwyn, as well as How To Get Away with Murder‘s Karla Souza, Aja Naomi King, Charlie Weber, Matt McGorry, Alfred Enoch, Liza Weil, and Jack Falahee.

Also in attendance: So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Terry Crews, Black-ish‘s Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, Empire‘s Trai Byers and Grace Gealey, and Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet. Charlie is wearing Sands Copenhagen.

FYI: Jack is wearing John Varvatos. Katie is wearing Pearl Collective jewels. Grace is wearing a The 2nd Skin Co jumpsuit and Tamara Mellon shoes. Darby is wearing a The 2nd Skin Co dress and Kurt Geiger shoes.

45+ pictures inside of the stars of Scandal and more at The New York UpfrontsMore Here! »

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Patrick Dempsey Says He Left 'Grey's Anatomy' on Good Terms With Shonda Rhimes & His Co-Stars

Patrick Dempsey is opening up more about his shocking exit from Grey’s Anatomy after 11 seasons on the show.

Here’s what the 49-year-old actor had to share with EW:

On whether his divorce affected his work: “You’re a professional. You leave your personal life at the door. I’m not going to talk about my home life as part of show.”

On watching the final episode: “I haven’t watched an episode this year at all. I don’t watch it. In the past for a while, I don’t enjoy watching myself. That’s not something I prefer doing.”

On whether he left on good terms with the cast: “I think so, yes.”

With creator Shonda Rhimes: “Yes.”

With Ellen Pompeo: “Very good.”

Also pictured below: Ellen is all smiles while grabbing some smoothies on Sunday (April 26) in Los Angeles.

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Shonda Rhimes Speaks Out After Shocking 'Grey's Anatomy' Death Scene

SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!

Shonda Rhimes has released a statement regarding the sudden death of Patrick Dempsey‘s character Derek Shepherd on her hit show Grey’s Anatomy.

“Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character — for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘McDreamy,” Shonda said in the statement. “Patrick Dempsey‘s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example — happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true — of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all. Now, Meredith and the entire Grey’s Anatomy family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say: the carousel never stops turning.”

ABC also issued a statement that read, “After 11 seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey is moving on to pursue other interests. Dr. Derek Shepherd is an iconic character and we’ve been proud to be the home of ‘McDreamy’ and the ‘Mer/Der’ love story. The devotion of Grey’s fans throughout the years has been a testament to the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes and Dempsey’s talent. ‘McDreamy’ will be greatly missed and we wish Patrick the very best in his future endeavors.”

Patrick has opened up about the death scene as well. Read his statements now!

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