Ellen Pompeo Says Her Negative Emmys Quotes Were “Off the Record”

Ellen Pompeo on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California
On Watch What Happens Live's Sept. 23 episode, Ellen Pompeo said her negative quotes about the 2013 Emmy Awards being "dated" and lacking diversity were "off the record." Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Ellen Pompeo is going on the record to say that her negative comments about the 2013 Emmys were off the record. The 43-year-old Grey's Anatomy actress appeared on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live Monday, Sept 23 to explain her brutally honest remarks about the Sunday, Sept. 22 award show.

According to TV Replay, Pompeo explained to Cohen that her controversial comments were made off the record as she was walking from the elevator into an interview. She said her team is looking into what happened, but she stands by her quotes. 

On Monday, Sept. 23, The Associated Press published shocking quotes from "an interview Monday" with Pompeo, sharing her thoughts on the 2013 Emmys. "I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all," the actress was quoted as saying. "The Emmys felt so dated to me . . . That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?"

Sunday's show featured two dance numbers — one with Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Sarah Silverman and the Emmys Gold Dancers, as well as an interpretive dance number by the nominees for Best Choreography.

Unlike the Emmys, Pompeo said her five-time Emmy-winning drama Grey's Anatomy prides itself on their diverse ensemble. She said, "I'm extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast, which represents the world that I walk around in every day."

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!

Close popup

Welcome to In Motion

Bring photos to life with Us Weekly's exciting new mobile experience!

What's In Motion? Tell me more

What's In Motion?

Go back

How to Use In Motion

What's In Motion? Tell me more