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TV GUIDE To TARAJI: We Never Planned On Including You!

Annie get ya gun!  TV Guide just responded to Taraji P. Henson's complaint about being excluded from the cover story and promos for her new CBS show "Person of Interest."

 

Peep how TV Guide basically played Taraji after the cut....

Taraji took to her Facebook page yesterday to rant about being purposely left out of TV Guide's cover shot, as she is the leading lady in her new show.  Now, TV Guide just popped back.

Debra Birnbaum, the Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide Magazine and TVGuideMagazine.com, told TooFab.com that they never intended on focusing on Taraji's storyline for their cover story.  Ever.

"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.

"This week's cover September 26 issue features the three stars of 'Charlie's Angels' -- Minka KellyAnnie Illonzeh and Rachael Taylor. We are not pursuing a cover of 'Person of Interest' at this time."

This was in response to Taraji's now erased Facebook message that read:

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!!!!
 

So TV Guide has decided to drop the "Person of Interest" cover all together--which orginally only featured Taraji's co-stars Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson.  They'll now be releasing a new cover story featuring "Charlie's Angels."  And all three of the Angel ladies will be on the cover shot.

WOMP.  Was TV Guide's response justified?  Or was it an underhanded slap to Taraji?

 

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kayacykig's picture

i like her but. The pilot was

i like her but. The pilot was revolved around the two guys. So I think TV Guide overreacted, but she was right to remove her comment.
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kayacykig's picture

Poor thing... WTH is wrong

Poor thing... WTH is wrong with her thinking she's a main character? The show is obviously about Fitch and Reese. How arrogant and blind do you have to be to not see that? How much of a victim mentality do you have to have to not make the correlation between you're obviously not the caliber of the other actors and you've had about 1/10th of the face time, therefore you're not a main character. It's because you don't matter sweetie. You could be an old ugly white bald man and your part still wouldn't matter. Stop being a victim crybaby and quit the show so you can stop ruining it with your horrible acting.
Anonymous's picture

Case in point. The little

Case in point. The little girl in that pic is from a soap (atwt) and she acts circles around her. All of that aside... she's not the lead of anything. She's a side note. She may be later on (God, I hope not), but she's not now.
Anonymous's picture

It's pretty cut and dry I

It's pretty cut and dry I think. She's not a main character. There are two main characters and she's not one of them. She also sucks. She's the worst actor/actress on the show. The extras and the "one episode" people they've used all act better than she does. Her character could be played by anyone and it wouldn't change a thing... except possibly make the show better. She's stiff, cold and fake, and I hate the way she speaks. Some of the soap stars blow her out of the water, and that's pretty bad. I don't care what she was nominated for... there are lots of talentless hacks who are popular (beiber, miley cyrus, everyone on the disney channel, etc.)... that doesn't mean that they're good at what they do, it usually just means that people think they're hot and I'm sick of that crap. Either you're good at what you do or you're not, and she's not. Not in this role anyway. Maybe there's a role she is good at, I admit I haven't seen her in anything else... but she definitely doesn't fit here.
Anonymous's picture

I love Taraji. I heard about

I love Taraji. I heard about the show before all the controversy and was planning to watch. I was outraged when I heard Taraji’s complaint. BUT...after I watched the pilot episode, I can understand why she wasn't considered. If TV Guide said they made their decision based on the pilot, then I see why the two guys were the focus and she wasn't included. She did not have a strong presence in the pilot at all. AND I feel if the role was casted by a Caucasian woman...that woman would not have been included in their promotion as well. Sorry Taraji.
NY_NY's picture

well put!

well put!
Anonymous's picture

I think a lot of you guys

I think a lot of you guys make a good point, but you're missing an important one. Taraji is a very intelligent young woman, and she's been in this business long enough to know what is expected of her and what she can expect out of a job she accepts. If she said she was part of the LEADING cast, then I believe it's so. All we've seen is ONE episode of the show, she's seen MUCH MORE of the script than any of us. She would know what it means to be a lead. Many of you guys are looking at the two men as the main characters because that's all they SHOWED in this PILOT episode. Who is to say the next episode won't focus on Taraji's character following the other guy as her "Person of Interest" vs. the ex government official/homeless guy following another "person of interest". Open up your minds a bit guys and allow for a little imagination into where the storyline(s) can go. Until then, don't get so bent out of shape about the little piece of the picture you were shown and be on the lookout for the big picture. Strictly spoken from a writer's p.o.v.
Anonymous's picture

TV Guide is not known for

TV Guide is not known for their support of ethnic actors or shows. Nothing has changed under Debra Birnbaum. I think TV Guide's response was rude. But it seems that's the kind of person that Birnbaum lady is. To cut the whole story was uncalled for. What did the other two actors do to deserve that. The lady is just power tripping.
April's picture

Please.... she just wants

Please.... she just wants attention. her presence is so dismal in the show it's pathetic. The show is about two dudes, one's a hired killer & the other a millionaire who is pulling the strings. Taraji's character is a cop looking for the dude who's doing the killing.... Kinda like the cop who chased David Banner in The Incredible Hulk.
Anonymous's picture

Taraji is definitely a lead

Taraji is definitely a lead in this show. The first episode opened with Taraji and ended with Taraji. The official poster for the show features Taraji, James, and the other guy.
Black Actors's picture

Ummm.... NO u are confused!!!

Ummm.... NO u are confused!!! The FIRST EPISODE opens up with dude (THE MAIN CHARACTER) kicking ass on the subway and then after he gets arrested & detained Taraji comes in to question him then about a 1/2 hour goes by b4 she's seen again. HER CHARACTER IS NOT SIGNIFICANT, HER PART COULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED BY ANY miscellaneous ACTOR
Anonymous's picture

PLEASE!!! get real... By NO

PLEASE!!! get real... By NO MEANS is she a main focus on that show. In the whole hour of the show she was in about 3 scenes... roughly 5-7 minutes worth of work!!! Don't believe me, watch for yourself. http://www.cbs.com/shows/person_of_interest/video/2139986986/person-of-i...
Anonymous's picture

You're trying to bend

You're trying to bend reality, 78 seconds on screen does not a lead make. I't a good show and the two guys are the lead. Law and Order begins with a dead body, is that dead body the lead?
Gymo's picture

LMAO...LUV IT!!!

LMAO...LUV IT!!!
Anonymous's picture

I just finished watching the

I just finished watching the show and I timed her appearance and she had 78 seconds in front of the camera....If I blinked I'd have missed her.
Gymo's picture

Well apparently she didn't

Well apparently she didn't pay attention to filming of the first episode like you commentators didn't bother to watch it. The show is pretty good (I like murder mysteries) and she is not a lead character...at all. She may have been in it 10 mins? But for what she did they could've paid a homeless person to do it. The show isn't about a cop (her) catching bad guys, its about and ex government agent and a smart billionaire using a machine the billionaire created to seek out terriorist try to save the lives of people who are on a list to be harmed in some kind of way without getting causght. Therefore making the billionaire and agent the main characters. Btw....being nominated and winning an emmy or oscar are two totally diff things, had she won an award then maybe she would've been on the cover know matter how small her role is. She should learn from Monique's mistakes. Bad attitudes @ work only get you fired or sent home with hurt feelings. LOL! So race or gender WERE NOT involved.
AnyWoo's picture

I totally agree with

I totally agree with you. Also: What about that White female lawyer who was obviously the female lead, shouldn't she be the one upset that she didn't get a photo-op, or is she just glad to have a job? I think Taraji has just embarrassed her self and set fire to her used to be career in Hollywood, all of this wasn't necessary, she had less than 10 minutes face time on screen, and she considered herself a lead, how delusional.
Gymo's picture

I do not think the female

I do not think the female lawyer is a lead on the show. I don't even think she'll be on the next episode. She should be going to jail for a long time since he had her play that recording of herself telling on herself like that in court. I think she was just for this episode, just like the black brothers were. She was just the 'person of interest' for this episode. The next episode will be about another person of interest, and the next show about another, and on and on. It's like any other crime show on TV....they focus on a different criminal on each episode. Maybe Im wrong, maybe the female lawyer will be making a regular appearance on the show, but I highly doubted. Taraji on the other hand, it's obvious you'll be seeing her in the show again / on the regular. As a police officer for the district of the city the movie will be based, who questions / investigates the main character in the first episode, and the show is about crimes being prevented from happening, unless they somehow write her out, Taraji will be in most if not all of the episodes. But it's true they don't need her for the show to survive. The story line is good on it's on, and the guy who plays Jesus in The Passion of the Christ is the lead / main character, so it was win win without Taraji. But she does add her lil something something to the show, her sassy comedic attitude has its place on the show. After watching the show, which I probably would have never done had it not been for Taraji's supposed sucka attack, I must say the episode was pretty good and makes future episodes look very promising for a show. Jesus is the main character (the guy who played Jesus in the "The Passion of the Christ"). I like him as an actor, and his character in this show is sexy, bad ass, kick ass, good and more (the whole I'm an expert at killing people but I try not to because I don't like it is adorable.) He's going around shooting the bad guys in the legs. How cute, and he's a cutie too. But when I found myself watching the show, I couldn't help but think that that was the whole purpose of Taraji's rant, to get some of those 3 million some Basketball Wives viewers to watch the show so that it wouldn't get canceled for lack of ratings. That was genius, Taraji (or whoever thought of it). Pure genius. Its a good show but we would have never watched it to find out had it not been for Taraji 'supposedly' going HAM on something about it. I hear alot of people saying they didn't even know she was in the show, but I didn't even know of the show period. Had never heard of it, didn't know Jesus was in it, or none of that. But thanks to her publicity stunt about the show, alot of us watched it who would have never thought twice to and who didn't even know it existed, and that helped the show get the ratings it needs to stay on the air. I watched the pilot and found it to be pretty promising, and so now I'm interested to see the next episode, and possibly the next, and the whole season. Genius!
TV Guide 's picture

I totally disagree: You get

I totally disagree: You get the show pulled from TV Guide, you get all sort of racist accusations leveled at the show, TV Guide and the Producers, and you call that genius. ALSO: Check the ratings, the show did poorly in the Nielsen ratings, so, there is a possibility that Taraji has harmed the show.
Gymo's picture

We shall see. Even if the

We shall see. Even if the ratings were poor, don't you think it got more than it would have if Taraji hadn't brought some attention to it. 13.2 million viewers is a lot of view. The X Factor had 12.5 Million and that wasn't said to be poor. Not to mention comedies have the game on lock, and talent shows for the most part. But like I said, alot of people who would have never watched it watched it thanks to Taraji's rant. Those who didn't watch it because of Taraji's rant were not that many. TVGuide may have made the whole cast and show suffer for what she did, but viewers are not that vindictive. If they want to see something, they're going to watch it. The other cast member(s) have fans just like everyone else. One monkey doesn't stop the show. And thats just me quoting a saying, no racial mess intended. If I'm wrong and Taraji had no ulterior motives to get more viewers but was dead serious about being mad that she wasn't on TV Guide's cover, she needed to direct all that frustration to CBS and the show itself, who didn't promote her as being on the show either. But all in all, she got me to watch it and want to see the next episode. That's all I'm saying.
TV Guide 's picture

....and alot of you will be

....and alot of you will be watching it just to see how much Taraji is in it. lol. Genius.
TV Guide 's picture

Are you delusional, it came

Are you delusional, it came in 4th in the ratings. 1. Big Bank 2. X Factor 3. Greys Anatomy 4. Person of Interest
Gymo's picture

Like I said, more than it

Like I said, more than it would have. And did you mean The Big Bang Theory for #1? Was it competing with X Factor and already established shows? If so, come on - anything competing with the come back of X Factor is doing good to get 13.2 viewers. No, I'm not delusional, just telling things from my point of view. I and alot of other people would have never watched it, is all I'm saying.
TV Guide 's picture

I don't really care how you

I don't really care how you feel, or even how I feel, its the math. The show came in 4th. if it keeps that spot it will quickly be cancelled, CBS is unforgiving, it cancels shows quickly.
Gymo's picture

@AnyWoo -- I agree w Yardy,

@AnyWoo -- I agree w Yardy, you said it all!!!!
Dana's picture

Thank you!!! I just logged on

Thank you!!! I just logged on to respond and you said it all for me, word for word!! Also, in the CBS promos that were being run, she was not included at all, not a shot, nada!! I did not even know she was in the show until I saw something online. I hope she did not shoot herself in the foot (pun intended) because as minor a character as she is, she can be replaced, for real!! SMH.
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Anonymous's picture

I'm glad she spoke out, our

I'm glad she spoke out, our community has become passive and act like we will take whatever we can get but it shouldn't be that way. She did the right thing by speaking out and they acted as they always have. They pulled the cover to spite her and to be "right"
ThatGirl!'s picture

I completely agree with you.

I completely agree with you. It seems like black people these days are just too happy to smile and accept whatever BS levied their way. Welcome to post-racial America!
Me's picture

Watch the show, then come

Watch the show, then come back and comment.
AnyWoo's picture

I hope she still got a spot

I hope she still got a spot on the show,cuz her FB message probably got the cover pulled which lost publicity for the show. It's ok to voice your frustrations, but sometimes you gotta watch who your venting to. I hope she doesn't lose her job over this.
joyous's picture

honestly I don't think she'll

honestly I don't think she'll get fired. I think TV pulling the cover was a back pedal. and well you know what they say there is no such thing as bad publicity.
naturallycurly's picture

I am not a big movie critic.

I am not a big movie critic. I have always prefered listening to music, than tuning into a movie, I felt was predictable.. Nevertheless, people give "Evette", Taraji too much credit. I am all with the pro black movement but hey, she could benefit from some acting classes as well. No doubt they were wrong for not including her. But her acting is ordanary, and the difference between good and best is the extra in ordinary. Extraordinary should be her aim.. Practice makes perfect... Maybe one day.. With LOVE 365..
LOVE365's picture

I agree, her acting skills

I agree, her acting skills leave something to be desired
Sasha's picture

I'm really not understanding

I'm really not understanding what Gerald Molen & Steven Spielberg are waiting for to sue JJ Abrams & Jonathan Nolan for because this is a direct rip off of Minority Report. Even more surprising no one is saying it.
I SAY SUE THE MOFO'S's picture

It doesn't work that way,

It doesn't work that way, Spielberg has no property rights on the concept, their rights are specific to objects within their film "Minority Reports", so the concept can be used and reused even by yourself.
Gymo's picture

Sometimes in life you have

Sometimes in life you have 'kiss a$$ until you can kick a$$!' There are many black actresses out there right now with NO work. At the rate she's going she'll be the next one on the list and then I guess she'll get on another social network and rant about how she can't get ANY work??? You're moving up while some aren't moving AT ALL. Count your blessings, recognize and perfect your talent and remain humble because just as it was given, it can be stripped away.
Anonymous's picture

That's not true. If you

That's not true. If you believe this you will be kissing ass for the rest of your life. If your mother taught you that, she did you an unjust. Seriously! Kissing ass is a very unhappy, unhealthy life-style and it will get old after so long. You have every right to speak up for yourself. Believing in MAN will get u by. Believing in GOD will get you your Manager's job. You don't have to kiss butt to get anywhere in life. House NIGGA's kiss ass. Real NIGGA, Field NIGGA's get shit done buy their own means. We didn't come this far to revert back to Yes master, No master!!! I'm just saying...
Anonymous's picture

Thanks for your concern but

Thanks for your concern but no need. Mom AND dad taught me well. That's why we own our own businesses - PLURAL. Manager's job??? HA! The manager answers to me. Thanks again for your thoughts though.
Anonymous's picture

Stop. You know I'm sick of

Stop. You know I'm sick of Negroes always talking about their net worth! Tell us who has the political power..Taraji is acting like the tip on a spear..no fear..agitating..she's got the right idea...she may need to tweak some things, but I'm sure she has held her tongue a plenty in this game. Our black actresses work damn hard and are always looked down on. The opposition has to be unreal im sure. I am just a regular person and I know what it is working around all kinds of people.. all kinds!!! They all look down on blacks..u better peep that enemies are still at the door. Sitting back talking about your money and faux status..!!! DO You Have Any Political Power. I doubt it that's why they disrespect Obama and treat him like he writes with crayons...we as a people don't get it yet!! As long as some of us have some coins to rub together, then that's all we need. Name one affluent black community in the USA where they built it from the muscle and did not lose it.. Hint (Duke University). We still need to be chasing law not love..it's ok to assimilate for some common purposes, but still chase law.. so we can ensure the future of blacks won't be a damn joke and what our ancestors struggle for won't be in vain. Learn history..start from 6B.C. So much work for to do..so much. We are so behind cause the money and things have blinded and jaded us. But they still killing young black boys and men for no reason and walking.. just jerking the inner city children relentlessly...oh I could go oand on...wow..we have a lot to do people..start reading...read...read...read...do ..do ...do. Law then love. Tyler Perry and Oprah went and did what they needed to. Oprah is the only black woman who wields any type of power in any kind of commuinity. She enters on the human level knowing her full worth as well as others and exits on the business level...wow!!!! Never a house _ I_ gga. Putiing your own down ALL THE TIME. STOP!!!!!
shirleychis's picture

Stop. You know I'm sick of

Stop. You know I'm sick of Negroes always talking about their net worth! Tell us who has the political power..Taraji is acting like the tip on a spear..no fear..agitating..she's got the right idea...she may need to tweak some things, but I'm sure she has held her tongue a plenty in this game. Our black actresses work damn hard and are always looked down on. The opposition has to be unreal im sure. I am just a regular person and I know what it is working around all kinds of people.. all kinds!!! They all look down on blacks..u better peep that enemies are still at the door. Sitting back talking about your money and faux status..!!! DO You Have Any Political Power. I doubt it that's why they disrespect Obama and treat him like he writes with crayons...we as a people don't get it yet!! As long as some of us have some coins to rub together, then that's all we need. Name one affluent black community in the USA where they built it from the muscle and did not lose it.. Hint (Duke University). We still need to be chasing law not love..it's ok to assimilate for some common purposes, but still chase law.. so we can ensure the future of blacks won't be a damn joke and what our ancestors struggle for won't be in vain. Learn history..start from 6B.C. So much work for to do..so much. We are so behind cause the money and things have blinded and jaded us. But they still killing young black boys and men for no reason and walking.. just jerking the inner city children relentlessly...oh I could go oand on...wow..we have a lot to do people..start reading...read...read...read...do ..do ...do. Law then love. Tyler Perry and Oprah went and did what they needed to. Oprah is the only black woman who wields any type of power in any kind of commuinity. She enters on the human level knowing her full worth as well as others and exits on the business level...wow!!!! Never a house _ I_ gga. Putiing your own down ALL THE TIME. STOP!!!!!
shirleychis's picture

I'll bet that you and 80% of

I'll bet that you and 80% of people here have a White man controlling you destiny, that if he/she fired you and no other Whites would hire you, you'd all be homeless and on the corner robbing or begging. If you're writing these things on a work computer be aware that lots of "White" employers employ spyware programs to see what their employees are doing on their computers.
Gymo's picture

Whoa!...You just hit the nail

Whoa!...You just hit the nail on the head...I love your comment because...IT'S THE TRUTH!
Anonymous's picture

Well since all of you

Well since all of you apparently "SELF EMPLOYED" folks (because I assume you ARE your OWN bosses and don't answer to anybody except YOURSELVES right???) decided to provide your own interpretations of what I might have meant, let me help you out. Quite frankly, I don't think she's that great of an actress as YET - I could care less what she's been nominated for or how many times she's been nominated etc. I'm not suggesting she become a slave to the MAN - I don't kiss ass myself. What you see is what you get with me... I do however, conduct myself in a respectable manner and with diplomacy and I don't feel she did that. I'm not saying DON'T speak up for yourself and what you believe in. My issue is with the WAY she went about it. Like I said, PERFECT YOUR TALENT!!! When she's in a position where she doesn't have to WHINE and WHINNY about a doggone TV Guide cover, then I'll know she's arrived at KICK ASS stage of her career!!!
Anonymous's picture

That was a slap in the

That was a slap in the face......
chrissy17's picture

i watched the show and it was

i watched the show and it was good... if the story for tv guide was on the leads then yes it would be the 2 guys if it was on the leads and the cast then yes she shouldve been shown but its clear she is not a lead they are obviously not interested in havin a black audience......b/c they didnt use her to promote the show
Anonymous's picture

It's so funny where the hell

It's so funny where the hell where these comments a few days ago? SOOOO many people couldn't stop defending this woman, before they got the entire story. For those that didn't defend Tarjai, were looked at as lame, having lack of sympathy for the hardship of black actresses, and all this other Bs. I only saw 1 post on a blog when the story came out a woman who said that Taraji is playing herself, and it was not CLEAR if she had a lead role, many ASSUMED that she was right, instead of realizing that she is in Tinseltown (Hollywood) and she can have a EGO as big as ANY WHITE OR BLACK actor. She got humbled and you know maybe that is what she needed. It was all VERY EGOTISTICAL because she knew damn well there was a white woman on the show, who had a more visible role than her. Hell the street cameras got more air time than she did.
Anonymous's picture

Having a right to be upset is

Having a right to be upset is one thing. THE WAY YOU HANDLE your emotion is another. If she is so concerned about being a black woman in the industry and about THE WAY we are looked upon or overlooked, she should conduct herself with more DIPLOMACY! and after watching the show she is not a lead character.....she is part of the supporting cast. Everyone is on this ..oh she is an oscar NOMINATED actress then act like one...you dont tweet and FB your complaints that is why you have a publicist!! Be a professional. If you were on a movie with a Spike or Tyler they would bounce your azz and replace you!!!! There is a time and place for everything. Acting like a spolied kid who didnt get her way. Need to be happy your ass is even working because they not knocking down the doors of black actors to hire them.
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