“Grey’s Anatomy” starlet Ellen Pompeo, for one, was not impressed with the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. In an interview, the Associated Press quoted the 43-year-old actress as saying she was "was really disappointed" Sunday’s ceremony. Her opinion seems to be an outlier, considering the ratings show that host Neil Patrick Harris helped bring in 15.2 million viewers, the most in seven years, as the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.
But to say Pompeo was less than thrilled would be an understatement. "I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all. The Emmys felt so dated to me," she said in an interview Monday. "... That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?"
Nevertheless, the ABC star is happy to be on “Grey’s Anatomy,” which she considers to be one of the most diverse shows on television. "I'm extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast, which represents the world that I walk around in every day," she said.
The show’s 10th season will premiere on ABC Thursday and it will mark one its main character’s last. Sandra Oh, who plays Christina Yang on the series, will not be returning next fall, to the dismay of many fans.
Indeed, “Grey’s Anatomy” is diverse, including characters of many different races, backgrounds and sexualities, but Pompeo’s malcontent with the 2013 Emmys could stem from “Scandal” star Kerry Washington not winning the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. "Homeland" star Claire Danes took home that honor for the second year in a row.
Both “Scandal” and “Grey’s” have the same creator, Shona Rimes, and Washington would have been the first African-American actress to take home the award, and thus make history. She did, however, break ground with the nomination. Before Washington, it had been nearly two decades since an African American actress got an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead.