Obviously, Meredith and Derek can’t go anywhere, because the show can’t be in Washington, because then I would know that my parents are really alive and living in the White House and that might piss Meredith off if she goes and sees that Ellis and Thatcher both faked their deaths.
—  Ellen Pompeo
Columbus Short on the Domestic Violence and Drug Addiction That Cost Him His Role on 'Scandal'
Now, the actor has opened up to The Insider With Yahoo about the experience. Short, known for movies such as Stomp the Yard, departed the ABC show after his then-wife, Tuere Tanee Short, filed for divorce and a restraining order against him on the same day in April 2014 for allegedly threatening her

While Short has admitted before that his problems stem back to a cocaine addiction and alcoholism, he revealed to The Insider that he’d quietly sought treatment between the filming of seasons two and three of the show.

“Feelings and emotions are one thing,” he noted, “but what’s best for the brand of Scandal and the brand of ABC… I wasn’t good for the brand.”

Olivia Pope is not post-racial. --Kerry Washington

Full disclosure: WhoCaresAboutActresses is addicted to Scandal. 

Kerry Washington: Race is a very big part of who Olivia Pope is, but it’s not dealt with in an obvious way. Maybe we’ve moved in a direction where we can have a wider range of how we approach race — not that we’re in any post-racial cultural moment.

NYTimes: Can I just say that “race blind” may be the silliest expression the Supreme Court ever invented?

KW: I don’t want to be race blind or gender blind. They matter!

Kerry Washington in conversation with Cicely Tyson and The New York Times.