Taraji P. Henson's TV Guide Beef

Taraji P. Henson is angry at TV Guide over something they say never happened.

Taraji P. Henson Taraji P. Henson, the star of Person of Interest said on Facebook yesterday that her two male costars are being featured on the cover of TV Guide and she was left out -- but the magazine explains the situation differently.

In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Henson wrote, "WOW!!!! TV Guide is NOT including me on the cover with my cast memebers [sic]….....I am the female lead of a 3 member cast and I'm not included on the cover!!!!!! Do you see the [expletive] I have to deal with in this business…..I cram to understand!!!!"

But Debra Birnbaum, the Editor-in Chief of TV Guide Magazine and TVGuideMagazine.com, says the story was never about Henson's character in the first place so it would have made no sense to put her on the cover -- and Henson knew that.

"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," Birnbaum told TooFab.com. "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."

Henson's little outburst may have cost her show some major publicity, because the magazine decided to scrap the cover entirely.

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

Person of Interest premieres tonight on CBS.

Image courtesy FayesVision/WENN.com


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Comments on "Taraji P. Henson rips TV Guide over cover"

Shageen October 28, 2011 | 9:10 PM

I remember reading articles on this topic when it originally came out.. after catching up on the show her outrage is ridiculous. She's in each episode for all of 5 minutes as a supporting character.

Ginger Watkins October 28, 2011 | 8:15 PM

WOW ! What a load of crap from TV Guide :) Times are not getting better, instead it's going backward :( So Sad :( And shame on TV Guide for not including Taraji P Henson on the cover. She is a very talented black actress and my question is, if this girl named Whitney can have her own show, why can't Taraji P Henson have her own show ! Who is Whitney anyway? So many strong black actress's and actors get a little dab here and a little dab there in these new fall shows, but never a lead part ! Why? I would love to know why ? Such a waste :( Just look @ the new fall lineup. If you want to see a black family you have to watch BET ! I don't even enjoy the Oscars because they rarely nominate a black person. They nominate people from other countries before they nominate a black person in our Country ! This is a unfair sad pitiful world we are living in and for some reason I thought it would be much better for our children than it was for me, but it's worse for them than it was for me ! Hollywood, get a clue for GOD's sake ! Ginger from Belpre, OH

Joanne September 22, 2011 | 8:32 PM

I agree with Patrica. I think they gave a lame excuse, calling it a relation ship between the two men? Really? At a time when are trying to promote the show? Sounds like they are trying to promote the two guys alright. If there was three stars, and I watched the show, they named all three, so they should have had the picture of all three. I like Jim Chevizal too, I will continue to watch the show and hopefully I could do my share on keeping their ratings up. For Taranji!

Patricia September 22, 2011 | 6:19 PM

I find it highly suspect that Taraji is not entitled to her opinion. So now she is to blame because you, TV Guide, (out of guilt) decided to scrap the cover all together. I am scratching my head on this one. It is quite simple. You chose to leave her off the cover. She called you on it and now you are doing damage control. I think you got caught with your pants down. Why can't people just own up when they get caught in a sticky situation instead of lying your way out of it or playing dumb. I think she had a very valid point.

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