Shonda Rhimes Kerry Washington on Scandal Series Finale

>> Jimmy: GLAD WE COULD CLEAR THAT UP. SHON DA, I HEARD YOU WERE WORKING ON THE SHOW THAT AIRED TONIGHT YESTERDAY, LIKE IT WAS NOT DONE YET? >> IT WAS NOT DONE YESTERDAY AT ABOUT 2:00 P.M. WAS WHEN I WAS DONE. I THINK MY POST-PRODUCTION TEAM WAS PROBABLY DONE YESTERDAY EVEN LATER THAN THAT. >> Jimmy: AND WHAT WAS IT SPECIFICALLY WERE YOU STILL TINKERING WITH BEFOREHAND? >> WE WERE SO BLESSED THAT WE GOT TO GET A SPECIAL SONG WRITTEN BY STEVIE WONDER. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> Jimmy: THAT WAS A NEW -- YEAH, I DIDN'T RECOGNIZE THAT SONG. >> BRAND-NEW SONG. >> YOU WOULD NOT RECOGNIZE THE SONG. >> Jimmy: HOW DID YOU GET THAT? >> IT WAS A BRAND-NEW SONG. >> YOU HAVE TO BE SHONDA RHIMES. >> IT WAS A BRAND-NEW SONG WRITTEN BY MY FAVORITE GLADIATOR, STEVIE WONDER. HE WROTE BECAUSE HE WAS INSPIRED BY "SCANDAL" THAT HE GAVE TO US. SO WE GOT TO PUT IT IN, WE GOT TO PUT IT IN AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE. >> Jimmy: DID HE CALL YOU AND TELL YOU, HEY, I HAVE THIS SONG, SOMEBODY CONTACT YOU, I HAVE SOMETHING YOU MIGHT GET TO USE? >> GETTING TOTHAT TO STEVIE WONDER ON THE PHONE IS PRETTY AMAZING. WHEN HE PUTS DOWN THE PHONE AND SAYS "HOLD ON" AND THEN STARTS PLAYING MUSIC IS A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE. >> Jimmy: SO HE PLAYED THE SONG FOR YOU? >> OH MY GOD, YES. >> Jimmy: WHAT IF YOU HAD HATED IT? [ LAUGHTER ] >> YOU DON'T HATE ANYTHING STEVIE WONDER DOES. >> Jimmy: I KNOW, BUT LET'S SAY STEVIE LOSES HIS MIND AND IT'S TOTALLY -- IT'S LIKE "SCANDAL I LIGHT A CANDLE ♪ >> THE MAN IS A NATIONAL TREASURE. >> Jimmy: ♪ I'M WEARING SANDALS." >> THE MAN IS A NATIONAL TREASURE? YOU GOT THAT IN THERE. KERRY, WHEN YOU'RE WALKING IN AT THE END OF THE SHOW, I THINK YOU LEAVE THE SHOW OPEN TO INTERPRETATION AT THE END, RIGHT? >> ABSOLUTELY, YES. >> Jimmy: YOU WON'T TELL PEOPLE HOW TO INTERPRET IT? >> NO. >> Jimmy: KERRY, HOW DO YOU INTERPRET IT? [ LAUGHTER ] I THINK IT'S A FAIR QUESTION. BECAUSE YOU KNOW, YOU'RE ACTING, YOU'RE READING IS STUFF THAT SHONDA'S WRITTEN. I THINK LIKE ANYBODY ELSE, PROBABLY, OF COURSE YOU HAVE A BETTER HANDLE ON IT THAN ANYBODY ELSE, BUT LIKE WHY IS OLIVIA POPE'S PORTRAIT HANGING IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY? WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? >> OH HO HO -- GOSH, I REALLY WANT SHONDA TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION. >> Jimmy: YEAH, SHONDA. >> EVEN IN THE SCRIPT IT'S WRITTEN THAT WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHY. >> Jimmy: RIGHT. >> IN THE ACTUAL SCREENPLAY FOR THE EPISODE IT SAYS IT'S NOT CLEAR WHETHER IT'S BECAUSE SHE'S THE PRESIDENT OR A FIRST LADY OR WHAT'S HAPPENING. >> IT DOESN'T SAY IT'S NOT CLEAR AND WE DON'T KNOW, IT SAYS THAT THE AUDIENCE IS LEFT NOT KNOWING. >> RIGHT. WE KNOW. >> Jimmy: DO YOU KNOW? >> I KNOW. >> TELL US! >> I'M NOT GOING TO SAY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> Jimmy: WE KNOW. YOU KNOW BUT YOU'LL NEVER TELL. >> I GET ONE LAST THING TO SAY AS A SPOILER THAT I'M GOING TO HOLD ON TO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. >> Jimmy: REALLY? >> OH MY GOODNESS. THE VERY LAST DAY OF FILMING I GOT TO BRING MY PARENTS AND MY DAUGHTER TO WALK THROUGH OUR PRETEND PORTRAIT GALLERY AND WITNESS THAT. >> Jimmy: THAT'S PRETTY GREAT. WHO HAS THE PORTRAIT? >> THAT WAS EXTRAORDINARY. >> THE SMITHSONIAN. >> Jimmy: THEY TOOK -- >> HAS ONE, RIGHT? >> NOT YET. THEY HAVEN'T SEEN THE EPISODE SO I DON'T KNOW THAT THEY KNOW. >> OH, OH. >> MAYBE THEY WILL NOW. [ LAUGHTER ] >> Jimmy: DO THEY GET WHATEVER THEY WANT OR DO YOU SET THINGS ASIDE, I WANT TO KEEP THIS? >> THE SMITHSONIAN CAME TO CURATE AND TOOK SOME ITEMS, WHICH WAS A HUGE COMPLIMENT FOR US. I PRETTY MUCH WAS, TAKE WHATEVER YOU WANT. IT MIGHT BE THAT THERE'S THE -- WE HAVE A REPLICA OF THE RESOLUTE DESK THAT JACK KENNEDY AND PRESIDENT OBAMA SAT AT, THAT FITZ SAT IT, THAT MIGHT BE

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