Grey’s Anatomy used to be a big deal at the Emmys; they don’t get invited anymore. So Ellen Pompeo was watching from home when she noticed the show’s lack of diversity.
“I didn’t see any diversity in the Emmys at all,” Pompeo told USA Today. “The Emmys felt so dated to me. … That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?”
The Emmys were, and have always been, incredibly white. This year, Kerry Washington‘s nomination for Scandal, another Shonda Rhimes show, was the first for a black leading actress since 1995; a fact the Emmys was not ashamed of, but rather celebrated.
Pompeo went on to say: “I’m extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast which represents the world that I walk around in every day.”
Later, on Watch What Happens Live, Pompeo clarified that she thought she’d been off the record when she made those remarks, but that she stood by them.