Portia de Rossi joins 'Scandal'; Ellen DeGeneres breaks news on Twitter

Porti de Rossi is joining 'Scandal' for secret story arc

"Scandal" fans will be seeing a new face when the series returns on Sept. 25: Portia de Rossi is joining the cast for a super-secret story arc, according to her publicist.

"Scandal," starting its fourth season, left off with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) flying off with Jake (Scott Foley) next to her, leaving behind her longtime lover, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn).

The news on De Rossi first broke when her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, tweeted: "So annoying when people brag on twitter & that's why I'm not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on "Scandal". Oops."

"Scandal," by executive producer Shonda Rhimes, returns to ABC in its usual time slot, Thursday at 9 p.m., between Rhimes' previous hit "Grey's Anatomy" and her new series, "How to Get Away with Murder."

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