Shonda Rhimes Will Be the Third Black Woman in the TV Hall of Fame

Olivia Bahou

Mostly I just wanted to write people I wanted to watch. I remember being very surprised to discover that people thought that Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang were revolutionary because I felt like they were just women I knew. Every time someone says like how do you write such smart, strong women? I find it appalling because it suggest that there are stupid weak women and that's who generally out there. [MUSIC] This is [SOUND] Humiliating on so many levels. Probably the biggest moment for us was the pilot has been shot. Betsy Beers, who's my producing partner, and I were brought into a room. I like to say it was the old white men room. And somebody in that room said Nobody's gonna want to watch these women. They are not nice. And nobody's gonna like a woman who sleeps with a man the night before her first day of work. And Betsey Beers, to her wonderful credit said, I slept with a guy the night before my first day of work. I mean, nobody wanted to say anything and they couldn't get out of that room fast enough. I hear a lot what's Great about the characters is that they're unapologetic. They don't want children and they're unapologetic about that. They love their jobs and they're unapologetic about that. And I think that women have been raised to believe that they're supposed to want certain things. And so you feel like you're supposed to apologize when you don't want those things. [MUSIC] I don't think I ever go to work and feel like, this is great that I'm missing my daughter's science fair. Or I go to my daughter's back to school night and think it's great that I'm missing a scene that they're filming at work. There's a trade-off, every single time there's a trade-off. There's a sense of failure on either side. And I've accepted that, but I can't imagine my life without my work. And I want my children to know me as somebody who works because that woman is way happier and now my kids they come to work, the play there, they know who I am and they know That they expect themselves to be somebody like that. [MUSIC] I think I'm extraordinarily lucky, because I was really raised by a very, very powerful mother. My mother would never have allowed me to just be the nice girl. [MUSIC] I really did enter college and enter life walking into a room absolutely thinking I belonged in any room I entered. Men will do anything. You can ask a man to do a job that he's never been qualified to do and he will raise his hand and will say absolutely, I will do that job. Women always say, I'm not sure if I'm ready yet, I More experience, [UNKNOWN]. I don't necessarily know that there's anything wrong with being more cautious and careful. But we should also know that we're not going to feel any wiser or any more ready in ten years than we did ten years ago. So we might as well just leap. [MUSIC]

Shonda Rhimes received a major honor on Thursday: The Television Academy announced that the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator will be among their inductees for its 24th Hall of Fame class, according to Variety.

Rhimes is the third black woman to be inducted into the TV Hall of Fame. Oprah Winfrey was given the honor back in 1993, and actress and singer Diahann Carroll joined their ranks in 2011.

Rhimes is joined in her Hall of Fame class by Emmy-winning writer and producer John Wells, art director and production designer Roy Christopher, and the original cast of Saturday Night Live, including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris and Laraine Newman, as well as the late Gilda Radner and John Belushi. Joan Rivers will also receive a posthumous honor for her TV work.

“All of these individuals are innovators who have shaped television and left an indelible mark on the medium and our culture,” Hayma Washington, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, said in a statement according to Variety.

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“We are honored to welcome the latest group of distinguished individuals and look forward to showcasing their impacts for future generations.”

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Nov. 15 at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center.