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Eric West Replacing Columbus Short On Scandal? [Exclusive]

28 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Now that Columbus Short has announced that he’s stepping away from his role on Shonda Rimes' Scandal, rumors are circulating that Eric West could be the one tapped to fill his shoes.

Eric West Replacing Columbus Short?

An insider told Uinterview exclusively that Rimes and company have been quick to replace Short and have selected West for the job. “Note to all,” a memo allegedly read from a Shondaland employee to members of the show’s cast and crew. “Eric West will be replacing Columbus.”

It’s uncertain as to whether West will take over Short’s role of Harrison Wright or if he will be playing an entirely new character in Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) team of gladiators. Currently, the Gladiators only include Pope, Huck, Quinn and Abby.

Columbus Short as Harrison Wright on Scandal

West, 31, most recently starred on the MTV comedy sketch show Hey Girl »

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'SNL' Hires Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member in Years

6 January 2014 3:05 PM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Saturday Night Live has hired its first female African-American cast member since Maya Rudolph's departure in 2007, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sasheer Zamata, who has performed at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in New York City, will join the cast on the show's January 18th episode, which Drake will host.

Zamata moved to New York City in 2009, after graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in drama. Since then, she has been performing at the Ucb Theater and has made appearances in sketches on Totally Biased with W. »

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