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Scandal: Jake Ballard Was Never Meant to Be a Hero

Scott Foley

To say that Scandal fans are very vocal about the ABC political fixer drama would be an understatement. But those devoted Gladiators took things to a whole new level after Thursday's shocking episode, in which Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) brutally killed James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky) in order to protect the Republic.

Scandal's Jeff Perry: Cyrus can't let this death be in vain

Viewers were distraught that Jake had seemingly crossed a line by killing a character — and two other women — that they had come to care about. Even worse, this meant that fans' beloved Jake, who had become a love interest for Scandal's fearless leader Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), had gone to the dark side! Oh no!

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Exclusive Q&A: America's Got Talent Judges Preview the New Season

America's Got Talent

Howard argues with Howie. Heidi rolls her eyes. And Mel B? She just sits back in her chair with her arms folded, looking...Scary. Judging from our roundtable ­discussion in Los Angeles with the four panelists of America's Got Talent — returnees Howard Stern and Howie Mandel and newbies Heidi Klum and former Spice Girl Mel B — nobody's going to be singing "Kumbaya" this season. "Having the two ladies in the middle and the two Hs at the ends, it's working out great," says AGT host Nick Cannon later, at a separate photo shoot. "They've got great chemistry. They get along ­really well. And when they don't get along, it's even better, because it's so entertaining."

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