Davis’ emotional speech included a thank you to the show’s creators and writers, as well as another not so thinly veiled reference to the New York Times writer who didn’t think Davis “classically beautiful” enough to pull off the role of Analise Keating. “It starts from the top up,” Viola said. “So I’d like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Bill D’Elia and Peter Norwalk for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be played by a 49-year old dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me.”
Davis continued on, adding “And thank you to all the people who love me exactly how God made me, and that’s my beautiful husband Julius, my 4-year old daughter at home, Genesis and my mother, Mary Alice Davis. Thank you so much.”
You can watch it for yourself below- and for those of you missing “How To Get Away with Murder,” fret no more, it returns to ABC this Thursday, January 29th.