Shonda Rhimes Talks Diversity Award
On January 25, Shonda Rhimes and “Scandal” executive producer Betsy Beers received a Diversity Award from the Directors Guild of America.
So how does Rhimes feel about being honored in such a way? Not too great.
“When I heard I was getting a Diversity Award, I was really, truly, profoundly honored … but I was also a little pissed off,” Rhimes said, according to EW. “So was Betsy. So over many, many, many bottles of wine we discussed this.”
“We’re a little pissed off because there still needs to be an award. Like, there’s such a lack of people hiring women and minorities that when someone does it on a regular basis, they are given an award.”
Although she’s right that diversity on TV should be more prominent, Rhimes has made waves in this particular area. And her empire isn’t going anywhere.
At the Television Critics Association press tour, ABC president Paul Lee said that the long-running “Grey’s Anatomy” would be continuing for years to come.
“[Rhimes] is one of the greatest writers that our generation has seen,” Lee said, according to E! “She’s continuing to write an immensely powerful show. It makes you laugh and cry every week, and what season are we now? And by the way, to her enormous credit, it is completely different than ‘Scandal.’ And I love it. I think it’s going to stay on the network for many years to come.”
“Scandal” returns on Thurs., Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.