It's a sad day in ShondaLand — Scandal is coming to an end.

After weeks of speculation, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey finally confirmed the dreaded news that the political drama will end next season — and he revealed show creator Shonda Rhimes' reason for pulling the plug on the beloved series after seven seasons.

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“To be honest, I had conversations with Shonda where she has had, for a while, a sense of how she wanted the story to end,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

“We sat and we talked and she said, ‘Look, I really feel like season 7 is where I want to wrap up this story because I always prefer to end a show where you’re feeling on top as opposed to letting things fizzle out,'" he continued. "I do think that audiences, especially fans and Gladiators, who are as loyal to Scandal as they’ve been, are going to want the story to end in the way that Shonda intended to. That was a decision she felt really good about and we support wholeheartedly.”

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It seems like Shonda has a lot to cram into Season 7, especially after the shocking Season 6 finale. And for all the gladiators who are currently behind — don't worry, because they're plenty of time to binge watch and catch up on Scandal before the final season begins to air in the fall.

Scroll through the gallery below to see the cast of Scandal then and now!