Shonda Rhimes Talks Inspiring 100-Pound Weight Loss With Ellen DeGeneres

Shonda Rhimes lost 100 pounds over this year
Shonda Rhimes discussed her dramatic 100-pound weight loss on the Monday, Nov. 9 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show  Beck Starr/FilmMagic; Michael Rozman/Warner Bros

Looking fab. Shonda Rhimes opened up about her dramatic weight loss on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Nov. 9, revealing she’s lost 100 pounds as a result of her commitment this year to overcoming her fears.

“The more fears I conquered, the more I thought I could do that [lose weight] too,” the Scandal creator, 45, told DeGeneres. “So yeah, I lost weight."

The Grey’s Anatomy showrunner also revealed that her three children inspired her to get healthy.

“I have a 3-year-old and a 13-year-old and a 2-year-old, and I wanted to be around for them, be healthy.”

Rhimes said there was one particular incident that finally convinced her to lose weight — trying, and failing, to buckle her seat belt on an airplane.

“I got in my seat, and I went to buckle the seat belt and it wouldn’t buckle,” she noted. “But it wasn’t the seat belt; it was me.”

Watch the video above for the full exchange.

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