Lee Daniels Talks 'Empire', Says 'Black People Hate White People Writing for Black People’

During a recent roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, Lee Daniels, other writers and producers for hit TV shows, discussed how the lack of Black writers for a majority of Hollywood’s hit shows affects their industry.

During a recent roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, Lee Daniels, other writers and producers for hit TV shows, discussed how the lack of Black writers for a majority of Hollywood’s hit shows affects their industry.

When asked if he felt more pressure to fill his shows and writers' rooms with a diverse group of talent following the success of Empire, Daniels stated, “I don't know what gives me more pleasure: watching my story unfold or going in and watching a room full of black people talking for me and writing words for black people,” he said. “I hate white people writing for black people; it's so offensive. So we go out and look specifically for African-American voices. Yes, it's all about reverse racism."

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The entire roundtable discussion can be seen on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter, when it premieres Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Sundance TV.

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