×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Scandal’ Star, Shonda Rhimes React to Major Death (SPOILERS)

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead, if you have not seen the April 20 episode of “Scandal.”

It’s time to say goodbye, Gladiators.

Scandal” killed off one of its own tonight — a rarity for the ABC show that is not known to kill off series regulars, unlike Shondaland’s other shows, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away With Murder.”

Portia De Rossi’s character Elizabeth North was killed off in Thursday night’s episode. The actress made the decision to depart the show.

“I am incredibly grateful for my time here at Scandal,” said De Rossi. “I will miss playing Elizabeth North but I’ve made the decision to focus on a business opportunity. Shonda, Betsy and the cast have been incredibly supportive of my decision. I will always love my Scandal family. I’ll be watching!”

Creator Shonda Rhimes added, “I have been a fan of Portia’s for years and it was an honor to have her join our Scandal family. Portia infused Liz North with a smart powerful vulnerable soul while also making the humor sing — and that brought all of us in the writers room a lot of joy. If I could keep her forever, I would — but kidnapping is illegal. Besides, I am incredibly impressed with the vision she has for her creative future. I wish her all the best.”

De Rossi joined “Scandal” in the fourth season in a recurring role, before being upped to a series regular for the fifth season.

Liz North was killed in tonight’s episode by this season’s mega villain, the mystery woman, played by Zoe Perry, who beat her to death with a golf club.

De Rossi’s send off follows a few other major departures on “Scandal.” Characters who have been killed off include “Scandal” are Harrison, played by original cast member Columbus Short who was not asked back to the show after an alleged domestic abuse scandal occurred in the actor’s off-screen life; James, played by Dan Bucatinsky, who appeared in last week’s 100th episode; and most recently, Frankie Vargas, played by Ricardo Chavira, whose murder has been at the center of this season’s entire storyline.

To go down memory land, click here to watch our interview with “Scandal” star De Rossi, way before Liz North was dead.

More TV

  • BBC Orders Oscar Wilde Documentary with

    BBC Orders Oscar Wilde Documentary With Stephen Fry, Freddie Fox

    A new documentary about Oscar Wilde will tell the celebrated writer’s story with a star cast recreating excerpts from his greatest works, including “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Freddie Fox, Claire Skinner, Anna Chancellor and James Fleet will all perform in the 80-minute show, “The Importance of Being Oscar,” which [...]

  • FOSSE VERDON -- Pictured: (l-r) Michelle

    TV News Roundup: 'Fosse/Verdon' Premiere Date Set at FX

    In today’s TV news roundup, FX announced the premiere date for “Fosse/Verdon,” and Comedy Central released a new trailer for the final season of “Broad City.”  DATES “Workin’ Moms” is set to premiere Feb. 22 on Netflix. The series, which is currently in its third season, first aired in Canada on CBC Television and is [...]

  • Ilana Glazer Abbi Jacobson

    'Broad City' Stars on Discovering New Aspects of Their Characters

    Throughout the run of “Broad City,” creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have been conflicted about how much of their on-screen characters (also named Abbi and Ilana) should come directly from their personalities and lives. But when it came to the final season, Jacobson in particular experienced a life-changing shift that she wanted to impart [...]

  • The Goldbergs spinoff

    NBC Orders Comedy Pilot 'Uninsured' From 'Goldbergs' Producers

    NBC has ordered a pilot for the multi-camera comedy “Uninsured.” In the series, young parents Dave and Rebecca end up having to take care of Dave’s parents who have mishandled their finances and need help to pay down a sizable debt. Dan Levy will serve as writer and executive producer, with Doug Robinson and Alison Greenspan [...]

  • Emily Kapnek

    'Splitting Up Together' Creator Emily Kapnek Inks Overall Deal at ABC Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

    Writer and producer Emily Kapnek has signed a three-year overall deal at ABC Studios, Variety has learned exclusively. Kapnek most recently developed the ABC single-cam comedy series “Splitting Up Together,” which is based on the Danish series “Bedre skilt end aldrig.” She was previously under an overall deal at Warner Bros. Television, which produces “Splitting Up [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content