Shonda Rhimes is denouncing all rumors that she’s replacing Columbus Short’s character on “Scandal.” Reports that an actor named Eric West would be playing the new Harrison Wright hit the web today, but the show’s creator says that’s completely untrue.
“I’ve never heard of Eric West. Harrison is not being recast EVER,” Shonda tweeted. “How about reporters CHECK THEIR SOURCES before running with a story? Um, @Deadline? Handle yourself.”
Even West, who is still an up-and-coming star, said was surprised by the reports. “This is news to me,” he wrote.
According to TMZ, Deadline quickly updated the story after Shonda put them on blast! They called the news an “elaborate hoax” and added, “It is unclear yet whether Short would be replaced.” (Ummmmm, Shonda Rhimes didn’t sound like she was playing any games!)