We finally figured out the scandal of Scandal!
Shonda Rhimes revealed the shocking tidbit while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in honor of the show's 100th episode, saying:
"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.'"
Guess those ABC execs had seen those couple of episodes Connie starred on The West Wing…
Anyway, as soon as Kerry came in for the role, it was clear she was the one for the job!!
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