UPDATED with more video: Scandal premiered in 2012, “back when the idea that a president would need a crisis manager seemed fantastic,” obsessed Scandal fan Jimmy Kimmel said at the top of his late-night show that followed the series finale. CAUTION: Spoiler Alert ahead.
“That is obviously not the case any more. Trump getting elected while you’re writing a fictional show about the White House really isn’t fair,” Kimmel said. “It’s like what would happen to Game of Thrones if they suddenly discovered that there are dragons flying around.”
Kimmel, who devoted his entire program to all-things Scandal, called it “the first time a TV show ended because the world jumped the shark, instead of the other way around.”
While sometimes it was hard to tell who was good and who was bad on the show, the “one thing always certain was who was the President of the United States of America,” he said.
Roll clip of various characters saying “The President of the United States,” ending with Donald Trump saying, “I’m the President of the United States.”
“I know it had a sad ending. The last one was a little hard to believe. But it’s true,” the late-night host snarked.
Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes talked about meeting for the first time. Rhimes insisted she knew almost immediately she wanted Washington to play Olivia Pope, though it may have been hard to tell since, when she gets excited, her face goes blank, because she’s writing in her head, she explained. This took Washington by surprise because, she said, she knew others who had auditioned for the role and “black girls weren’t getting this material in this town” at the time
“Now there are lots of opportunities!” Washington beamed, calling Scandal “like the diamond in the rough that is Hollywood.”
The finale included an original song written for the show by Stevie Wonder, which Rhimes called a life-changing experience:
She declined to explain what was up with the portrait of Olivia Pope in the National Portrait Gallery at the end of the finale, whether it meant she had become President of the United States, or First Lady. No explanation is offered in the script, but Rhimes says it’s crystal clear to her.
Kimmel later brought out the entire cast. After chatting a while, he introduced a clip of an elaborate hoax played on show jokester Josh Malina: