September 25, 2015 at 12:18 PM EDT

On Thursday, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandaland How to Get Away with Murder made their fall debuts and Shonda Rhimes is busier than ever. The EP appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and gave the host a sneak peek into her packed days — she had just edited the fifth episodes of Grey’s and Scandal — and shared that she was terrified to appear on the late-night talk show.

Challenged by her sister to say yes and to have more fun with her life, Rhimes has penned a memoir, The Year of Yes, in which she decided to “say yes to every terrifying thing that comes my way.” Kimmel’s show was the terrifying thing to come her way. Giving the commencement speech at Dartmouth and accepting a guest spot on The Mindy Project were other things Rhimes accepted that ordinarily would have “scared the bejesus” out of her.

But what Kimmel heard was, “So, in a way, you would say I changed your life dramatically and for the better?”

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