'Lucky': Kerry Washington got a last-minute switch in DNC lineup
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Kerry Washington was scheduled to host the final night of the virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC) last year, before organizers made a last-minute switcheroo after realizing the actress once played Anita HillAnita Faye HillMeet Washington's most ineffective senator: Joe Manchin Joe Biden's surprising presidency Gloria Steinem: 'International Women's Day means we are still in trouble' MORE.

The DNC convention drama is detailed in "Lucky: How Joe BidenJoe BidenMacro grid will keep the lights on Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE Barely Won the Presidency," the recently released book from The Hill's Amie Parnes and NBC News's Jonathan Allen.

While the "Scandal" star was lined up to headline the fourth and final night of programming for the convention back in August, organizers made the change to "Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus after being reminded of Washington's performance as Hill in HBO's 2016 film "Confirmation."

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Biden, who was then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has faced criticism for his handling of Hill's 1991 Senate testimony about alleged sexual harassment from then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasSupreme Court agrees to hear case on HS coach's suspension over on-field prayers The Supreme Court, vaccination and government by Fox News Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for employers MORE.

The "Confirmation" snafu wasn't the only hiccup along the way to Washington's appearance at the Democrats's political convention. "Lucky's" authors describe how just hours before the 44-year-old actress was poised to go live at the DNC, a member of the Los Angeles studio's staff where she was set to film tested positive for COVID-19.

"The only available option for a substitute was Democratic National Committee chairman Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE," according to the book.

But after no one else at the studio tested positive, Washington ultimately decided the show must go on and appeared as planned.