Ellen Pompeo Slams Emmys as “Dated,” Calls Dance Number “Embarrassing”

Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo blasted the Emmys for a lack of diversity, calling the telecast "dated" and "embarrassing"  Valerie Macon/Getty Images

As the star of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo has been to more than a few awards shows. She knows what she likes and doesn't like — and she didn't like the 65th Annual Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 22.

"I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all," the actress, 43, said in an interview on Monday, Sept. 23, one day after the telecast. "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 actually featured two dance numbers — one with Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Sarah Silverman, and the Emmys Gold Dancers; and one choreographed by the nominees for Best Choreography. The latter featured interpretative dancing for several nominated shows, including Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, American Horror Story, and The Big Bang Theory.)

Pompeo went on to say that, unlike the Emmys, Grey's Anatomy prides itself on having a diverse ensemble of stars including Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Sara Ramirez, and Gaius Charles.

"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 five-time Emmy-winning drama.

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