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

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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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And also, now that the whole

And also, now that the whole item has been pulled from TVG, how will this impact her relationship with her co-stars??? How do they perceive her now after all this... I imagine being on the set might feel a little uncomfortable for her.
Anonymous's picture

It was a slap in the face to

It was a slap in the face to Taraji and the only problem I have with her addressing it on twitter (with her fans and other professionals) is her use of profanity. These social networking sites are the new media and clearly get some sort of results. TV and radio stations and other businesses have twitter and Facebook accounts. I think its interesting that they chose to pull the cover all together rather than to re-shoot and include her. Either way, it's lost pub for the show, though.
Nina's picture

true

true
Anonymous's picture

What was so wrong with

What was so wrong with voicing her frustration on facebook anyway? It's facebook! Bloggers and the media have blown this out of all proportion, not Taraji herself.
jazzytoots's picture

Taraji never mentioned any

Taraji never mentioned any about race or gender in her statement on Facebook. It was the editor's who automatically made it about race and gender.
Nappy Hair Tar Baby Big lip Big Nose aka Coal Black African 's picture

I think her opinion was

I think her opinion was implied in her statement... what the hell else could she be referring to if it's not #1. Being a BLACK woman in the industry or #2. Just being a FEMALE in the industry. Come on!!!!
Anonymous's picture

I'm stating facts not

I'm stating facts not opinions! Opinions don't hold up in court! Taraji didn't mentioned anything about race or gender in her statement. That was brought on by the TV Guide editor. She just assumed that because Taraji is black and female that she automatically meant that.
Nappy Hair Tar Baby Big lip Big Nose aka Coal Black African 's picture

Well smart-ass or should I

Well smart-ass or should I say YOUR HONOR???.... What's Taraji bitching about then? PLEASE beyond a reasonable doubt tell me what exactly is her issue with the TV Guide cover? Child please. Last time I checked, Taraji was stating HER OPINION about the "mess" she has to deal with. 2 WHITE MEN were on the cover - SHE was not. It's either a RACE or GENDER issue and that's MY damn facts. And next time she should CHECK her damn role on the show before she goes piping off.
Anonymous's picture

didnt watch the show but i

didnt watch the show but i was all for Taraji before i saw all the comments saying she only had a couple minutes on the shows premier i mean thats like if it was 92 and will smith's mom on the show (not the aunt) was mad she isnt in promos even tho she is only in a few episodes a season usually..or a more 2011 example would be like TT from the game malik friend who isnt apart of the main cast mad because he isnt in promos...i love you taraji and yo boughettoness but that just makes you look like the stereotypical mad black woman image they like to give blk women
Anonymous's picture

will's mom got more time

will's mom got more time lmao......shhhhh dont giv tt no ideas hell he may quit b/c he wasnt on 106 and park
Anonymous's picture

Lol @ people who say who

Lol @ people who say who reads TV Guide anyway? Well you might be clueless,but Taraji isn't she knows how BIG TV Guide is and how it can Boost her career and identity in mainstream America and that's all this is about anyway, is her CAREER! TV guide doesn't just tell you what's coming on for the week, but it is full of interesting articles,interviews,pictorials,recipes and other useful information. I don't think they subbed her on purpose and neither does she. By her creating controversy around this issue she did get people to watch the show who normally wouldn't have and that was her intended purpose from jump so that she can eventually land a lead role.
customcalendars4u2's picture

LOL honey step out of the

LOL honey step out of the 80's and into 2011. No one cares about TV Guide anymore. You must work for that outdated publication.
sallythesnoop's picture

thanks for the lesson on tv

thanks for the lesson on tv guide blank stare
Anonymous's picture

So after all of this

So after all of this posting So after all of this posting shit on facebook, complaining about every damn thing, and people on this website bickering back and forth, I go to watch this show tonight and see that Taraji is not a lead on this show at all. You barely saw her ass. She has a supporting role, NOT A LEAD role. This show IS really about the 2 guys and the third person is the white female lawyer, not Taraji. Why isn't the white actress complaining since it is clear that SHE is the female lead and not Taraji. Sometimes its not about RACE.....ur another bitter actress black or white thinking that you were ENTITLED and you are not!!!! One damn thing.....you won't be on the show long. she not wrong for expressing herself BUT there is a way to do things w/out looking foolish or childish!! SHe is NOT the lead character and she LIED saying she was one of the leads and she is NOT!!!!! she should have used a publicist to get her feelings out there...... Now the 1st show has aired and she got less time on air than a corpse on CSI now u look like u cried wolf and played the race card..... TV GUIDE was doin a story on the MAIN Characters not the @ MAIN LEADS and the SUPPORTING CAST
Anonymous's picture

If you knew any better you'd

If you knew any better you'd know that the "white female lawyer" is not at ALL a lead on the show, nor is she even a supporting character. Taraji IS in fact the 3rd lead, regardless of the fact that she had little air time in the PILOT episode. That white female lawyer you speak of was the "person of interest" for the episode and as far as I know you probably won't see her on the next episode. You may want to do some research on what a "lead character" really is.
Alana S's picture

the 3rd lead....the 3rd

the 3rd lead....the 3rd lead......wow that changes everything!!!!! call jet ebony al sharpton......3rd lead stfu
Anonymous's picture

Check IMDB. It changes a

Check IMDB. It changes a WHOLE lot. Let's do a little elementary math here why don't we. If there are THREE lead characters, and only TWO are being acknowledged that leaves???? Now put YOUR self in HER shoes. The fact that you have to use such profane abbreviations to get your point across says a lot. You obviously don't work in the entertainment industry to understand the politics of this fickle business. It's all gravy baby ;) I will say she definitely could have handled her frustrations in a more suitable manner, but....what's done is done.
Alana S's picture

Math has nothing to do with

Math has nothing to do with it. If you watch the pilot episode, you'll know that there are in fact 2 leads, both male. She's more so a glorifed extra, she's just upset b/c she thinks she on the same level as say Kimberly Elise, Zoe Saldana, or Audra McDonald, all of them would've made the cover. Why b/c they are great actresses with awesome credits, and they chose roles that make them stand out as artist, not whatever is thrown at them to make money.
AnyWoo's picture

Check IMDB. It changes a

Check IMDB. It changes a WHOLE lot. Let's do a little elementary math here why don't we. If there are THREE lead characters, and only TWO are being acknowledged that leaves???? Now put YOUR self in HER shows. The fact that you have to use such profane abbreviations to get your point across says a lot. You obviously don't work in the entertainment industry to understand the politics of this fickle business. It's all gravy baby ;) I will say she definitely could have handled her frustrations in a more suitable manner, but....what's done is done.
Alana S's picture

If you knew any better you'd

If you knew any better you'd know that the "white female lawyer" is not at ALL a lead on the show, nor is she even a supporting character. Taraji IS in fact the 3rd lead, regardless of the fact that she had little air time in the PILOT episode. That white female lawyer you speak of was the "person of interest" for the episode and as far as I know you probably won't see her on the next episode. You may want to do some research on what a "lead character" really is.
Alana S's picture

leasds are seen for more than

leasds are seen for more than 2 minutes even if its just the pilot!!!!! she is not a lead
Anonymous's picture

Check IMDB

Check IMDB
Alana S's picture

If you knew any better you'd

If you knew any better you'd know that the "white female lawyer" is not at ALL a lead on the show, nor is she even a supporting character. Taraji IS in fact the 3rd lead, regardless of the fact that she had little air time in the PILOT episode. That white female lawyer you speak of was the "person of interest" for the episode and as far as I know you probably won't see her on the next episode.
Alana S's picture

just as pitiful as

just as pitiful as taraji......SHE IS NOT A LEAD POINT BLANK.COM
Anonymous's picture

AGREED !

AGREED !
Anonymous's picture

MY POINT EXACTLY....Broad

MY POINT EXACTLY....Broad doing all that complaining, and WASN'T EVEN IN MORE THAN 5 SCENES!...she needs to quit acting like she never did a movie called 'Baby Boy' or Hustle and Flow... GTFOH
YUP!'s picture

so what...oscar nominated so

so what...oscar nominated so what...oscar nominated actress so is halle berry for sleepin with billy bob b/c her actin for that fat azz boy who like red gum balls damn sure was oscar worthy.....lets be real her acting performances are not that great and we ALL know that some people who have been nominated damn sure didnt deserve the nomination and its a BLESSING they didnt win!!!! yes i said it her playin benjamin button momma was no great performance!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Monsters Ball was a

Monsters Ball was a hotridiculousmess.com... That should have ended Halle Berry's career. They reward black people for doing stupid shit though. Just like It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp won an Oscar.. Really though? Seriously?
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Anonymous's picture

I saw the Charlie Angel's

I saw the Charlie Angel's lauch, they should of gone with "Person of Interest" cover!!!!! That show is trash!!! HOLLYWOOD - stop trying to remake past sitcoms, it didn't work for Bionic Woman!!!
Pies's picture

word......nothing original

word......nothing original anymore.... b/w reality tv and the remakes like charlies angels, hawaii 5-0....there is nothing to watch now they bringing dallas back wtf i wasnt born when j.r. got shot
Anonymous's picture

im emabassed that i know this

im emabassed that i know this but.....i do supposedly its gonna be abt jr son and bobby son and they not only want control of ewing oil but they want the same woman.... i know its sad that i know but my grandmother loves it and i got caught up one night.....she doesnt have cable or satellite....or spellcheck
Anonymous's picture

WHAT!! They resurrecting JR?

WHAT!! They resurrecting JR? this is dat Bull-*****
YUP!'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 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

After watching last night,

After watching last night, there really should of been only one guy on the cover. The younger handsome one. He is the clearly the star of the show - plot wise, character wise, and TALENT wise. Taraji sucked and the old guy with the glasses was just there to move the story along
Amanda's picture

After watching the first

After watching the first episode...Taraji's character has yet to develop...I mean she's not the center of the storyline, maybe as the show progresses. -- I'll be watching none the less, quite an interesting show. && on another note : Taraji doing that could make her seem like the "mad black woman" with attitude, so I won't be surprised if they get rid of her character all together. I understand her being upset, as I would be...but to voice that on a public platform as such is not always good. - just saying.
Anonymous's picture

Why think it if you dont

Why think it if you dont SPEAK IT
HARD@WORK's picture

Seems to me that she needs to

Seems to me that she needs to clarify with the producers exactly what HER role is on the show. It appears that she thought she was something that she is NOT! ??? Clear that up!
Anonymous's picture

she had to know....what she

she had to know....what she did last night couldnt hav take but 1 or 2 hours to film
Anonymous's picture

I think she did the right

I think she did the right thing. We all know if she was kyra Sedgwick or another white actress she would have been on that cover with her cast mates. I'm actually glad she took to a social media site to voice her displeasure. She is one of the few actresses that will say how she feels and not do the politically correct thing and keep quiet or have a publicist make a comment for her. It sucks that some of you dnot agree with her honest statement.
Anonymous's picture

Not the same thing.....Kyra

Not the same thing.....Kyra Sedgwick is THE CLOSER.......SHe would be the only person on the cover.....its her show and she is the exexcutive producer!!! Cant compare
Anonymous's picture

I think she did the right

I think she did the right thing. We all know if she was kyra Sedgwick or another white actress she would have been on that cover with her cast mates. I'm actually glad she took to a social media site to voice her displeasure. She is one of the few actresses that will say how she feels and not do the politically correct thing and keep quiet or have a publicist make a comment for her. It sucks that some of you dnot agree with her honest statement.
Anonymous's picture

I think she did the right

I think she did the right thing. We all know if she was kyra Sedgwick or another white actress she would have been on that cover with her cast mates. I'm actually glad she took to a social media site to voice her displeasure. She is one of the few actresses that will say how she feels and not do the politically correct thing and keep quiet or have a publicist make a comment for her. It sucks that some of you d
Anonymous's picture

I will not be watching this

I will not be watching this show. Why can't she be used in any of the promos? Hell she is a big star and is just as important. Another way to leave out a person of color. Dam TV Guide and they don't give a flying you know what either!
Anonymous's picture

The very fact that Taraji is

The very fact that Taraji is an Oscar nominated actress is almost grounds to have on the cover. Do I like the way she handled it? No. I wish she would've just left her twitter/facebook alone although her frustration is understandable. (I tell ya, these network sites are becoming the demise for celebs)
BlaqueTigress's picture

I agree with you that she

I agree with you that she should have been included in the cover given she's 1 of 3 leads and is an Oscar nominated actress. I also agree that although she may have been venting that she should not have taken it to FB. She even commented "...she what I have to go through..." in this industry. That's kinda a given and didn't need to be stated.
Anonymous's picture

so what...oscar nominated

so what...oscar nominated actress so is halle berry for sleepin with billy bob b/c her actin for that fat azz boy who like red gum balls damn sure was oscar worthy
Anonymous's picture

I think those sites are the

I think those sites are the only voice they have sometimes. What was wrong with how she handled it?
Anonymous's picture

The show lost their publicity

The show lost their publicity opportunity all together, that's not good.
Anonymous's picture

She has every right to be

She has every right to be upset! She is an Academy Award Nominated actress! She is the sole reason that many of us will even watch the show. Get real.
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