'Scandal' to end after Season 7

Posted at 11:47 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 14:47:09-04

This is it.

ABC's Scandal will end after its upcoming seventh season.

The news was rumored over the last few days, but ABC Network confirmed the news on Tuesday, hours before its annual Upfront presentation began.

"It's hard to imagine Thursday nights without Olivia Pope [played by Kerry Washington] and company and the roller-coaster ride of the last six season," said Patrick Moran, president of ABC Studios, in a news release.

Shonda Rhimes created Scandal which premiered in 2002. Rhimes has developed several shows for ABC Studios, including How To Get Away With Murder and Grey's Anatomy.

"Deciding how to end a show is easy," said Rhimes in a news release. "Deciding when to finish is quite simple when the end date is years away. But actually going through with it?  Actually standing up to say: ‘This is it?’ Not so much. So, next year we are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our ‘Scandal’ family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff.” 

'Scandal' airs on Thursday nights right here on ABC.