Kerry Washington Handles Question About Columbus Short Drama Like A Pro

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Over the weekend, Kerry Washington and the cast of “Scandal” took the stage at the Paley Center for their Paley Fest panel with moderator Jimmy Kimmel. Towards the end of the event, fans were allowed to ask questions, which of course was quite risky and according to E! Online, the fan Q&A led to plenty of awkward questions presented to cast members. Washington handled one particularly uncomfortable question like a pro about ex-cast member Columbus Short. Check out some highlights from the panel below.

Kerry on how the cast handled their Columbus Short drama last year:

“The one thing that I would say, just so that it’s clear: everyone who’s in this family is in this family whether you’re in this show or not. I don’t celebrate the laughter at that question. I understand the question, and thank you for giving us so many viewers and thank you for understanding why we’re not going to answer that.”

Kerry on the Ferguson-type situation that was presented in last week’s episode:

“It was really important to us that the show is about a woman who is black but also a lot of things.”

“We have a come to a point where the writers do feel comfortable to address more race. I was very moved that Shonda had a lot of feelings about what’s been going on and her form of protest her form of expression is to write, and so for all of us to be able to tell this story was such an honor. It was a coming of age for Olivia but the overriding subtext of the story was so important. It was about lives mattering independent of who you’re born as.”

Tony Goldwyn on Olivia being appreciative of Fitz going to war for her:

“No she was not. She didn’t quite meet my expectations. I was hoping for a little more sugar.”

Kerry on Olivia’s kidnapping:

“Tony and I actually had a really great conversation about the fact that the president went to war, the idea that at a time that we were fighting for media to pay attention to hundreds of girls, #BringBackOurGirls. Shonda did the epitome of that story showing that the president went to war for one girl, and then put a black woman on an auction block because she’s Shonda and it’s complicated.”

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