Viola Davis Responds to Nancy Lee Grahn’s Criticism of Her Emmys Speech + More Thursday Talk

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Viola Davis made history at this year’s Emmy Awards as the first African American to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in How to Get Away with Murder. General Hospital actress Nancy Lee Grahn took issue with Viola’s emotional speech, tweeting the Emmys was not a “venue for racial opportunity.”

Viola has remained silent about the social media tiff—until now. A reporter from The New York Times asked her about the incident, and the Oscar nominee responded, “If there has been any backlash, it’s that all people want to feel included in a speech…I know there has been some backlash with an actress who didn’t feel she was included.”

When asked if she meant Nancy, Viola said, “Yes, I don’t know that I want to say more about that.”

And there you have it. Nancy has apologized for her comments, so here’s hoping this quasi-“feud” is over for good. [The New York Times]

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