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.
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