Taraji P. Henson on The Ellen Degeneres Show - airdate Sept. 22, 2015

Taraji P. Henson on The Ellen Degeneres Show – airdate Sept. 22, 2015

*Taraji P. Henson may have lost her chance at history on Sunday, but she was thrilled to see her friend and fellow Emmy nominee Viola Davis carry the mantle of being the first black woman to win an Emmy in their category – Lead Actress in a Drama.

“It was bittersweet, you know what I mean? Because we all want to make history and be important to society and everything . Then I thought about it. I was like, ‘It’s 2015, and we have a black president and no black woman has ever won.’ Like, ‘This is weird,’” Henson told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday’s episode. “So when I went into it and I knew I was being nominated alongside of Viola, I just thought to myself, ‘God just please give it to one of us, so we will never have to say that again.’ Ya know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing.”

“I think the universe is happy, Viola deserved that award,” the “Empire” star continued. “And honestly I would have felt weird if I had gotten it over her. Ya know what I mean? She’s been doing it longer. You just got to give respect and know when your time is.”

Regarding her planned speech, “It woulda been great,” she said, adding that it contained a different message, “but I just think the universe orders up what it needs when it needs it — and I think the world needed to hear what she had to say last night.”

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