Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Kerry Washington, the star of ABC’s Scandal who also has a key role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, was tactfully circumspect today when Deadline asked about Spike Lee’s comments regarding the movie. Lee recently said he won’t be seeing Django Unchained because “It’d be disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film.” During a conversation on the Hollywood set of Scandal at the end of ABC’s portion of the TCA press tour, Washington declined to comment specifically about Lee because “I love Spike and I respect him and I really love working with him.” But concerning Django, Washington said: “I really appreciate the fact that lots of people were anxious and nervous about what the film was, but went to see it to make a decision of their own about it.” The actress, who worked on the movie during a hiatus from the TV series, said the film is allowing people to be “more open and honest about the issues of America’s history.”

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