Taraji P. Henson Opens Up About Importance of Viola Davis' Emmy Win on Ellen

Emmy nominated actress Taraji P. Henson opened up about her Emmy loss to Viola Davis on the latest episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"It was bittersweet - you know what I mean - because we all want to make history and be important to society and everything," the actress said. "But I think the world needed to hear what she had to say last night."

Henson also told Ellen that winning over Davis would have felt weird and that she is extremely happy for Davis who became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
“I just thought to myself, ‘God, just please give it to one of us so we’ll never have to say that again.’ You know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing, you know? And I think the universe is happy. Um, Viola deserved that award, and honestly, I would’ve felt weird if I would’ve gotten it over her. You know what I mean? She’s been doing it longer. Like, you just gotta give respect and know when your time is.”
She went on to say that her acceptance speech would have been great, but Davis' speech is what the universe needed. "Had I won it wouldn’t have been that message. I mean it woulda been good. Don’t ya know. It woulda been great, but I just think the universe orders up what it needs when it needs it," she said.

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