Viola Davis Responds To Soap Opera Actress Who Slammed Her Emmys Speech!

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This is how you get away with a rebuttal!

Viola Davis made history last week when she became the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her wonderful work on How to Get Away with Murder.

Well, as we reported, after her win Viola got some pretty harsh criticism regarding her speech, specifically from fellow ABC actress General Hospital‘s Nancy Lee Grahn.

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In fact, the soap opera star went as far as calling it a “venue for racial opportunity.”

Clearly Viola wasn’t having that nonsense, however, because she responded to Nancy’s initial comments, saying:

“If there has been any backlash, it’s that all people want to feel included in a speech.”

Short, but sweet.

Nancy has since apologized for her outburst on Twitter, saying:

“I apologize for my earlier tweets and now realize I need to check my own privilege. My intention was not to take this historic and important moment from Viola Davis or other women of color but I realize that my intention doesn’t matter here because that is what I ended up doing. I learned a lot tonight and I admit that there are still some things I don’t understand but I am trying to and will let this be a learning experience for me.”

We’re sure Viola appreciated the change of heart, but we’re just glad she put the entire thing to rest!

Make sure to catch Viola’s Emmy-winning acting on HTGAWM every Thursday at 10/9c on ABC!

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

Sep 30, 2015 10:35pm PDT

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