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TV Guide Chief Refuses To Apologize To Taraji P. Henson Over Snub

TV Guide’s editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum was in no mood for apologizes as she responded to actress Taraji P. Henson take on the TV Guide cover snub. Oscar nominated actress Henson is one of three leads on CBS’ new drama series Person of Interest. When a TV Guide cover was released Ms. Henson was noticeably missing and she voiced her disappointment on Facebook;

WOW!!!! TV Guide is NOT including me on the cover with my cast members……..I am the female lead of a 3 member cast and I’m not included on the cover!!!!!! Do you see the shit I have to deal with in this business…..I cram to understand!!!!”

Too Fab caught up with TV Guide’s editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum who strongly defended her decision,

“I made an editorial decision to do a story about the relationship between the two male characters on ‘Person of Interest’ and that’s who I was going to put on the cover. That has been my decision all along, ever since I saw the pilot. We’re certainly fans of Taraji Henson and her storyline on the show was never intended to be the focus of our cover story. I don’t know where there was a misunderstanding about this, but it’s been clear to everyone from the start. I don’t make decisions on who is put and not put on the cover based on race or gender.”

So to get this straight, Person of Interest is a brand NEW show yet TV Guide found it necessary to already exclude one of it’s LEAD characters?? This is their audience’s first introduction to the series and it’s characters and TV Guide purposely thwarted it to suit two out of the three leads. This isn’t an all-star ensemble where you must narrow it down to tell the story. There are ONLY three lead characters!

And secondly, Taraji hinted at gender but never mentioned it’s interesting to see both included in her response. While we maintain that Taraji should take this up with CBS if she’s really mad about it – but Birnbaum’s response shows she is just as guilty as CBS.

What do you think – did Taraji overreact? What about Birnham’s response?

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  1. Jay says:

    I don’t think Taraji overreacted; I do think race was a factor (even if they didn’t consciously realize and now won’t accept that it factored into their decision); I think it’s a douchey move to cut the cover and another example of how uneven things are (angry black woman vents, they show her who’s really boss). The way I see it given her credentials (Oscar and emmy nominated actress) and the fact that she’s one of three leads, it’s a definite snub by both TV Guide and CBS, and an industry that isn’t nearly as diverse as it likes to think it is. But her mistake was telling it like it is when some want to pretend race is not a factor. But think about this if that was a white female Oscar and Emmy nominated movie star would she have been cut from the cover? would that even have been considered? I don’t think so.

  2. Orville says:

    Jay is correct if Taraji was a white actress that got an Oscar and Emmy nomination I believe she would get the cover. CBS and TV Guide are being really tacky and racist. It is just disgusting the treatment black women STILL receive in Hollywood. Taraji worked hard for her success and TV Guide’s treatment of her is a total disgrace.

  3. Big Ben says:

    It’s always funny to me what Black people have been fighting these battles for 4 hundred years and still haven’t gotten the message.

  4. Joshua says:

    Taraji is a black woman in Hollywood. Black women have never really gotten the respect that they deserve

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