Actress Slams Emmys as 'Dated' and 'Embarrassing' -- Here's What's Eating Her E! Online
An actress who has been a part of her share of awards ceremonies said she was "really disappointed" with Sunday's Emmy Awards, E! Online reports. The main problem, according to "Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo, was a lack of diversity.
"I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all," Pompeo is quoted as saying in an interview with the Associated Press. "The Emmys felt so dated to me. ... That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?"
The report adds: "To be fair, two of the dancers in the 'American Horror Story: Asylum' portion of the dance number were clad in head-to-toe latex, so ... we can't be 100 percent sure."
Talking about her own show -- which has taken home five Emmys in past years, but was shut out this time -- Pompeo noted: "I'm extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast, which represents the world I walk around in any day."
Pompeo has no Emmys of her own but has been a part of the Golden Globes -- nominated for her work on "Grey's" in 2007 -- and a number of other awards, including winning a People's Choice earlier this year.
"Perhaps Pompeo was also among the scandalized Gladiators who, like Diahann Carroll, were convinced that Kerry Washington was going to walk away with the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series for 'Scandal' (a Shonda Rhimes-created show, like 'Grey's'), only to see Claire Danes notch her second straight win for 'Homeland,'" the report notes.
E! Online reported separately that Pompeo later said her comments about Emmys diversity were supposed to be off the record.
"Even so, the 43-year-old 'Grey's Anatomy' star stands by her belief that this year's show was 'disappointing' and 'lacked diversity.'" E! reports. "During a Sept. 23 appearance on Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live,' Pompeo said her quotes were made 'off the record' and said her team was investigating the matter."