At the ABC Upfronts in New York City on Tuesday, it was officially announced that the drama series will be ending after its seventh season. Washington -- who portrays leading lady Olivia Pope on Scandal -- says she and her co-stars "are a little sad" about the news, but "feel grateful to have the information."
"Sometimes as an actor, you don't know when you're out of a job," the 40-year-old actress quipped while on Wednesday's Good Morning America. "So, it's nice to actually go into the last season, knowing it's the last season."
Washington was also adamant that fans can expect a "no-holds-barred, better than ever, no holding punches, putting it all out on the table" final season. "We're choosing to leave," she noted. "We're choosing to go away early."
Scandal fans are anticipating the show's season six, two-hour finale on Thursday, and so is Washington. "Where we end this season, it makes me so excited about next season," she gushed. "It's beyond whatever I could have imagined."
Meanwhile, Tony Goldwyn -- who portrays President Fitzgerald Grant, Olivia Pope's love interest, on Scandal -- was on the Today show, and revealed that the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, always knew how she wanted it to end the series. "[Rhimes] wants to go out strong," Goldwyn said, adding that he hopes that ultimately Fitz and Olivia end up together.
Washington has encountered quite a few personal milestones in her life while on the ABC show, including marrying Nnamdi Asomugha, giving birth to two children and turning 40. "To go back and see like, 'Oh, that was at the beginning, or I got married right after that episode,' it is fun to go back and watch our lives unfold," she told ET last month while celebrating the Scandal's 100th episode. "And to do that with everybody, like, 'That was right when [co-star] Katie [Lowes] bought her house.'"