Following Taraji P. Henson’s vent about not being included on the potential cover of TV Guide, the editor-in-chief of TV Guide magazine & TVGuideMagazine.com, Debra Birnbaum issued a statement and wanted to set the record straight about Taraji being left out of the cover shoot for her new show Person of Interest:
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. [Source]
As a result, Birnbaum has decided to go with featuring the three stars of ABC’s new show Charlie’s Angels on next week’s issue (Sept 26) and is no longer “pursuing a cover of Person of Interest at this time.”
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