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Donald Trump’s election shook up the hit television show Scandal, so much so that the series added an extra season, according to actress Bellamy Young.
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On the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Young – who played Mellie Grant, the Republican president of the United States in the show’s final season – said the surprise outcome of the 2016 election had a major effect on the popular ABC drama.
Had Hillary Clinton been sitting in the Oval Office, “we would have ended a year sooner,” the actress said of the show, which topped off its final season in the spring of this year. With Trump in the White House currently, “we definitely got an extra year.”
Young explained how the cast of the political TV series quizzed creator Shonda Rhimes about how she decided on writing a seventh season of the show.
“We asked Shonda [Rhimes] at the beginning of last season, in sort of our back-to-school dinner, ‘Is it going to end the way you thought it was?’” Young explained. “And she said, ‘No, I thought it was going to end with [Mellie Grant’s] inauguration, but then the world changed, and I thought, oh, I’ve got a couple more stories to tell.’”
Young, who backed Clinton in the 2016 race and even stumped for the Democratic candidate on the campaign…