Ellen Pompeo on Emmy Awards: So Disappointing, No Diversity at All!

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Grey's Anatomy actress Ellen Pompeo wasn't a fan of this year's Emmy Awards.

A big reason for that? The telecast's lack of diversity, according to the star.

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"I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all. The Emmys felt so dated to me," she said, adding specifically that "The dance number was embarrassing."

Did you see one person of color in that dance number?"

Grey's Anatomy is one of the more diverse shows on TV, which Pompeo, who is also in a biracial marriage (to Chris Ivery) says is one of her favorite things about it.

The series famously casts its characters "blind" with no race in mind.

"I'm extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast which represents the world that I walk around in every day," she said of the long-running medical drama.

Grey's, in its heyday, earned a ton of nominations at the annual show, many of which for roles portrayed by its diverse cast. This year? Not so much.

Regardless, her typically blunt assessment likely rings true to many.

What do you think of her comments? Were the Emmy Awards lacking in the diversity department? And given the nature of the show, does it matter?

Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday night in any case.

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Yuck she loves rape apes. Must be a Jew.

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I am African American and I have been saying the same thing to the heads of the emmy awards for years. The whole voting system is geared toward white actors and actresses. I blame the actors who are bias towards voting for people they like, not for people who deserve the award. I gave up watching years ago. Watching the Emmy Award Show is like eating a stale cracker that is old and dry.

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I think you are likely right.Ellen has become sensitive to this
issue because she is in a bi-racial
relationship..Most people would not notice or care about this issue.

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@ lola+d.

No Lola La Loco it's not sensitivity it's stupidity! Her "Medium Well" husband has been sticking his WICK in a few others for awhile now! I'm guessing you knew that all ready seeing how you are a 14Carat Mud Shark and so sensitive to the downtrodden African America race! You are embarrassing! Seriously- you are! ! Oil & Water don't work and your rapper fantasy won't either! You can slice it dice it anyway LOCO LOLA likes it but your caring and liberal heart ain't BUUUULL SHITTING NO ONE! Besides you look stupid crying about what someone called you! What are you 17? Try waking up tomorrow BEFORE NOON and find your ass a job!

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@ lola+d.

comment was to @Kimberly

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She should have been more concerned with the disrespect she showed the event in the way she dressed to attend.

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All y'all stupid...and I mean ALL!!!!

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Why aren't there more white NBA players? This country is made up of 50+ % whites! Boxing- where's all the white Boxers. How many whites are on Jet Magazine payroll? The NFL? I saw one skanky white girl on Soul Train in 30 years- what's up with that?

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next time go to a bowling alley.

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Why does it always have to be about race. You don't see white people on many shows, but we do not complain. I like all shows no matter what diversity is in the show!!!!

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@ Candy

You don't see white people on many shows...LMAO..are you in america??

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@ Nic Rellek

@Candy That was a puzzling comment.

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@ lola+d.

Lola! The rising of the sun! That would be puzzling to you.

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@ Candy

It's always about race- everyday/everywhere. The tube is dripping with blacks and they are a small percentage of the Pop! Why? Obama! Where do you think the shows Carter Country or Dukes of Hazard came from- JIMMY Carter the TV show Dallas. It's a wave. Anytime you see a black family living in the Burbs, washing their jet skis in the yard in a commercial then you know it's over the top. The insult is- a unknown actress trying to tell ANYONE what should be is bullshit.

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@ Race

That is absurd.The t.v.show that is the most inclusive of African Americans is probably the Y&R.
Ice T & Danny Pino on L&O.
(Pino being Spanish) 'Dripping with blacks?' That is absolute
nonsense.

Nic rellek
@ Race

How many Asian led shows are there in network and cable tv? one (Mindy Kaling)? How many hispanic led? None? How many black led? one (Kerry Washington)? And you think TV is dripping with blacks? LOL..Jimmy carter is responsible for carter country and dukes of hazzard..thats all?? some influence..LOL

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@ Nic Rellek

@Lola- mud shark sounds nice? That's because you are to stupid to even know when your being insulted. No white man will have you, you venture off for adventure and once again your stupidly and your mud shark ambition takes root and you will - most definitely not be able to rebound! Why don't you just admit YOUR ITCH! I maybe developed a sliver of respect for........ Well now that I think about it - NO!

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@ Nic Rellek

Nic, Blah Blah Blah is right.
It is not possible to have a rational debate on here,especially
about race.You are right.@sims hates blacks.Called me a 'Mud Shark' because this 'white girl'
defended a 'black rapper.'
Never heard that'expression.'(sounds nice)
Damn those'Civil Rights Activists,
ay?

Nic rellek
@ Nic Rellek

@sim
Blah Blah Blah..obama, obamacare, black stats blah blah..the same bullshit fears. Meanwhile the GOP STILL hasn't offered any viable alternative to anything except cut spending and lower taxes which does nothing but make the rich exponentially richer and not much else. Then theres the "but other races don't have these problems" argument except you don't see them on tv either (back to the diversity in televsion issue WHICH IS WHAT HER STATEMENT WAS ABOUT YOUR MORON!) but thats the conservative tactic isn't it ONLY bring up minorities when you can play them against each other. Asians are good as long as theyre quiet and in the background, hispanics are good as long as they toe the party line. And you just hate blacks outright seeing how every issue boils down to black vs white. And if those 3 are so smart and good why not run them in 2016? They know what the deal is and they know theyre OWN party wouldn't support them fully.

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@ Nic Rellek

@ Nic - As long as Obama is the best you've got- Please- he is a civil rights activist! His sorry ass has never governed anyone! He can't follow through on anything. He has turned medical care upside down and there is no possible way it can work. That's the problem with people like you! You think you know because you listen to Al Sharpton on MSNBC! It's not color is CHARACTER! It's ACCOUNTABILITY! How could any black have the audacity to critique another race when 73% of black mothers are taking care of kids alone? Look at who accounts for most of the violent crime in America. No wonder you get no respect! The movie "The Butler" spent half the movie going back to Slavery- not about a butler in the WhiteHouse. You people cannot shake the SHACKLES! No one will hire you because they know when you get laid off you will file discrimination, then the employer will have to get a lawyer and on and on! Look at every other race- THEY DON'T HAVE THESE PROBLEMS! You hate whites but in the next breath your looking for their condolences. I cannot figure you out. FYI- Those 3 I named ate the smartest and well deserved Republicans ALIVE! We all know it! You just keep on supporting reverend AL! Maybe Rev. MANNING would do u good

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@ Nic Rellek

@Sim..LMAO allen west? Larry Elders? of that crew condi rice is the best choice and she refuses to run because she knows the south would never vote for black female even if she is a republican..LOL you gotta do better than that..but this is the same party that put palin in the ticket so there you go..LOL

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@ Nic Rellek

Finally we can agree! The only thing Obama has proven is that the 1st black president can be just as useless as any white one that came before him. You want a leader- Larry Elders, C. Rice, Allen West. If your gonna go black then pick one with backbone and dignity .

Nic rellek
@ Nic Rellek

@sim
Please how many white men have held that position and screwed up just elect yet another white man. Thats affirmative action in action. TRUE equality is to be as subpar or as mediocre as any white man and STILL get the job.

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@ Nic Rellek

Well it could be worse as in Obama. Does he make you proud? Who has Obama helped? Who can you see Obama helping? Carter was an idiot but that doesn't make Obama look any better. Carter had no media to cover him up.

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I agree with Ellen. Emmy's were boring. People of color would have helped.

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I couldn't tell you the last time I watched the Emmys. Did faithfully years ago when it was better done but now? Wouldn't waste my time with it....unless I am having a problem sleeping. Bet you everyone in the audience couldn't wait for it to be all over and get to the partying.

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