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'Grey's Anatomy' star Ellen Pompeo says she 'was really disappointed' by Emmy telecast

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Best known for playing the lead role, Meredith Grey, in the ABC Network drama series,

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Best known for playing the lead role, Meredith Grey, in the ABC Network drama series, "Grey's Anatomy," American actress Ellen Pompeo poses for a portrait in celebration of the upcoming 200th episode, on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in New York. The tenth season premieres on Thursday. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

Ellen Pompeo wasn't a fan of this year's Emmy Awards show.

The 43-year-old actress says she "was really disappointed" by Sunday's telecast.

"I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all. The Emmys felt so dated to me," she said in an interview Monday.

"I mean, TV's getting a little better, but I don't know if you saw the Emmys last night, but that dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one black girl in that dance number? I mean, no Asians, no Hispanics, nothing. It was just like - it was so embarrassing."

A few others criticized the Emmys on the same point, though there were minorities represented, including Diahann Carroll, the first black person ever nominated for an Emmy; she paid tribute to "Scandal's" Kerry Washington, who was by her side. Washington was nominated for best actress in a drama, and had she won, she would have been the first African-American to win the trophy; instead, it went to Claire Danes, star of "Homeland."

"Grey's Anatomy" is one of the more diverse shows on television, which Pompeo says is one of her favourite things about the series, which debuts its 10th season on ABC on Thursday.

"I'm extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast which represents the world that I walk around in every day," she said.

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Alicia Rancilio covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow her online at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar

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