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Shonda Rhimes Calls the 'NYT' Article a Good Reminder of 'Casual Racial Bias & Odd Misogyny'

Shonda Rhimes Calls the 'NYT' Article a Good Reminder of 'Casual Racial Bias & Odd Misogyny'

Shonda Rhimes is officially dubbed “TV’s Savior” on the gorgeous new cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the 44-year-old screenwriter/director/producer – who happens to run three hit shows in Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder – had to share with the mag:

On the New York Times article: “Some really amazing articles were written that had the conversation that I’ve been trying to have for a very long time, which, coming from me, makes me sound like I’m just, ‘Rrrraw!’…In this world in which we all feel we’re so full of gender equality and we’re a postracial [society] and Obama is president, it’s a very good reminder to see the casual racial bias and odd misogyny from a woman written in a paper that we all think of as being so liberal.”

On Scandal: “There are no [Katherine] Heigls in this situation. I don’t put up with bullshit or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.”

On reaching out to other networks: “It wasn’t really about money, though don’t get me wrong, it’s very important in a world in which women are paid 77 cents on the dollar to be paid in a way that felt correct. I wanted more control. I wanted the autonomy. And I wanted to feel like if I was making shows,
 I could sell them anywhere. I’m in a lovely posi- tion that whenever we pitch something, ABC buys it, which is great, but I also wanted the abil- ity to say, ‘This is not for you.’”

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  • LaCroix

    not much of a fan of her shows, not my taste but glad to see a woman in her position killin’ it.

  • Sienna

    Katherine Heigl is awesome. I have met her several times over the years and she was always really sweet. I’ve also met Ellen Pompeo and she seemed stuck up. Shonda is still bitter. It’s been 5 years, she needs to get over Katherine saying she didn’t like the writing.

  • sky

    she comes off as a bitter person….how long was the whole kathrine H thing…let it go already. if she is all about empowering women, why did she not spend that sentence about katherine on praising Kerry Washinton for the work she is doing on Scandal.

  • Alaia

    Take a look at the Heiggggl shade.

  • M

    @Sienna: Meeting someone and working with them is totally different. Just like being friends with someone is different than marrying them.

  • Kirsten

    I used to love Katherine heigl but after hearing multiple reports on her snobbish attitude and nasty reputation I have to side with Shonda here. Katherine always used to bite the hand that was feeding her. It’s a shame too because I really like her as an actress and she seems to be a good mom. Glad to hear Shonda is getting accolades for her shows.

  • Kay

    Scandal is such a piece of pure crap. I watch and roll my eyes. It’s a pity that it’s devolved into such nonsense because it started off so strong. Her insistence on having Olivia continue such abusive relationships while trying to paint them as romantic is doing ZERO service to the character or to women.

    And while I have NO love for Heigl (putting it lightly), the fact that she’s still beating that drum just makes her look petty. What a disappointment.

  • JDF

    Does Katherine Heigl even have a career anymore? I saw her several times in a ZZZQuil commercial. Sad.

  • Mike

    While i dont agree with what heigl did i dont see the point of throwing shade. She could have praised the actors on Scandal instead of taking a swipe at someone who has little to no career. She seems to have as big an ego as the person she is criticizing.

  • ummm

    You know I understand her trying to make a point about not having any divas on her set and she should have just said that, instead of mentioning Katherine’s name. That was very unprofessional of her to say that. She could have said she don’t have time for divas and people who want special attention….etc,etc,etc.

  • reba

    Just another example of ‘Is it me; or am I just Black?” moment in America. Happens more than we like to admit. Sad.

  • TC

    From what I’ve been reading in the blogosphere, Katherine Heigl has been burning bridges everywhere she goes.There are numerous reports that she’s difficult to work with. And once you’ve been labeled as such, it’s hard to get hired. Many are saying it’s the influence of her mother who’s her manager. If I were Heigl, I’d rethink having mom as my manager.