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

Portia de Rossi joins 'Scandal'; Ellen DeGeneres breaks news on Twitter
Portia de Rossi arrives at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2, 2014. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

"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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