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It’s Shonda Rhimes‘ world and we’re just watching it!

Shonda Rhimes and the casts of her powerhouse Thursday night shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder) made history by covering Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine and Essence Magazine simultaneously. Essence Magazine rolled out a record six covers for the “House that Shonda built” cover stories.

Essence Magazine took note of the camaraderie amongst all three casts and attributed it to Rhimes infamous ‘no asshole’ policy.

“I like the fact that we all get along,” Rhimes said. “I feel like you’re supposed to be happy at work. If you’re not happy, then you are in the wrong place.”

It is also clear that the cast has nothing but respect for Rhimes. Grey’s Anatomy star Chandra Wilson said, “The thing I learned the most from her is not to be afraid of yes. I see her exemplify that all of the time in her personal and professional life.”

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Scandal star Kerry Washington added “To have Shonda as an example of somebody who is living life fully and attempting to bring the best version of herself to so many different areas of her life has been really powerful for me.”

The October issue of Essence Magazine is on newsstands now. TGIT returns Thursday September 24th, 2015 at 8/7pm CST on ABC.


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