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Shonda Rhimes Finds This Aspect Of The Emmys "Embarrassing"

“I’m hoping that people don’t feel satisfied because they saw a lot of people win, and then think that we’re done,” she told Vanity Fair.

Posted on September 19, 2017, at 12:05 p.m. ET

On Sunday night, the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards saw a lot of firsts, from Donald Glover, the first black person to win Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, to Lena Waithe, the first black woman to win Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, to Riz Ahmed, the first Asian man to win an acting Emmy.

Of course, that means things have been really white throughout the Emmys' 69-year history.

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When talking to Vanity Fair about Waithe's historic win, three-time Emmy nominee Shonda Rhimes called the fact that it took this long "embarrassing, frankly."

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“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.”

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“I’m hoping that people don’t feel satisfied because they saw a lot of people win, and then think that we’re done.”

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BuzzFeed News has reached out to the Television Academy for a response to Rhimes' quote.

Read the full Vanity Fair interview with Rhimes here.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.