Sunday’s Emmy Awards featured several firsts: Master of None star Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win a comedy writing award, for example, and Atlanta mastermind Donald Glover was chosen as the first black person to win a comedy directing trophy. But Shonda Rhimes is worried these historic wins might make the television industry think it has made enough progress.
“It’s embarrassing, frankly,” she said of the Emmys to Vanity Fair. “To me, it feels embarrassing that we are still in a place in which we still have to note these moments. … I’m hoping that it’s not a trend. I’m hoping that people don’t feel satisfied because they saw a lot of people win, and then think that we’re done.”
Rhimes’ TGIT lineup returns to ABC later this fall.