Shonda Rhimes Says She Left ABC After a Disneyland Dispute Crossed a Line
Shonda Rhimes is not happy with Disneyland.
The TV mogul has made over $2 billion for ABC, which is owned by Disney. Now, she’s revealed that a squabble over a ticket to Disneyland led to her exit the network.
Shonda explained the battles over budgets and content with ABC were endless.
“I felt like I was dying,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “Like I’d been pushing the same ball up the same hill in the exact same way for a really long time.”
The final straw, however, was an all-inclusive pass to Disneyland. Included in her contract was a non-transferrable pass to the theme park. She also negotiated a second pass for her daughters’ nanny.
Shonda explained that one day she needed an extra pass so that her sister could take her teenage daughter, Emerson, while the nanny chaperoned her younger daughters, Harper and Beckett.
She was “told more than once” that they “never do this.” She even called a high-ranking executive at the company to sort out the mess, to which they allegedly replied, “Don’t you have enough?”
It was then that she called her lawyer and told him, “Figure out a way to get [me] over to Netflix, or [I’ll] find new representatives.”
Just for the record, a one-day Park Hopper ticket to Disneyland in 2019 reportedly cost $199.
Thankfully, Shonda signed a first-of-its-kind nine-figure deal with Netflix.
The rest is history!