Masasa Mbangeni (Instagram)
Fans have reacted to the news with shock and disbelief, with many wishing Masasa well. Masasa responded to fans questions on how they could watch the show without her, by telling them "It will be the same. Scandal! has a phenomenal cast."
Masasa's character is a massive fan favourite on the show, with her storyline often making it onto the list of most talked about topics on social media (more on that here).