Flashback: September 2013. EW’s Fall TV preview hits stands…and all hell breaks loose on Twitter.
Okay, that’s maybe a little bit of an exaggeration, but there were some Gladiators who weren’t too happy about the appearance of Scandal‘s Scott Foley on the cover of the aforementioned issue. Why? Because his character, CIA guy Jake Ballard, is the enemy of Olitz (Olivia + Fitz) loyalists everywhere after he romanced The Pope last year.
And, yes, Foley himself is well aware of the backlash. “People threatened not to buy your cover because I was on it,” he recalled last weekend when EW caught up with him at an event celebrating 200 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, on which the actor has guest starred.
But as sympathetic as Foley is to the plight of Olitz fans, he also jumped at the chance to stand up on behalf of Jake. Below is his “defense of Jake,” verbatim.
An excellent defense, right?…What do you mean, “No”? What?…Stop, Gladiators! I’m only the messenger. Nooooooo!!! [Gets thrown into a hole]
Scandal returns tonight on ABC.