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Mindy Kaling Addresses Emmys Snub for Never Have I Ever

Mindy Kaling has a few powerful words for the Television Academy following the lack of Emmy nominations for her hit Netflix comedy Never Have I Ever. After journalist Tufayel Ahmed tweeted on Tuesday, “Wait. Stop the celebrations. Where the f is #NeverHaveIEver,” Kaling responded with her own assessment of the exclusion.

“Thanks! We love our #neverhaveiever cast, are so proud of the reviews and the 40+ million people who watched and loved it worldwide. Sometimes a show like ours will always seem ethnic or niche to a certain group of people,” Kaling wrote, tagging series co-creator Lang Fisher and adding a heart emoji.

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Kaling’s comments come in the same month Netflix announced the first season’s blockbuster viewing numbers and that a second season is coming. Per Netflix, season 1 of Never Have I Ever reached 40 million homes around the globe in its first four weeks of release, a stat Kaling cooly references in the tweet. Yet the teen comedy’s wide viewership and favorable critical reception failed to register with Television Academy voters, who instead opted for comedies including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (20 nominations), Schitt’s Creek (15 nominations), and Insecure (8 nominations).

Never Have I Ever debuted on Netflix April 24 and stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi Vishwakumar, a first-generation Indian-American teenager who seeks self-acceptance and her first sexual experience throughout the soulful first season. The Mindy Project, which made Kaling the first woman of color to create, write, and star in a primetime sitcom, also never received an Emmy nomination during its six seasons on the air.

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Kaling on the set of Never Have I Ever season 1.

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All six of Kaling’s prior Emmy nominations, for writing and producing The Office, came after her own fight for recognition. She recalled in her October 2019 ELLE cover story how the Television Academy told a 24-year-old Kaling, the only woman and person of color in the writers’ room, that there were too many credited producers on The Office. In order to be rightfully nominated, “they made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer,” Kaling told ELLE. “I had to get letters from all the other male, white producers saying that I had contributed, when my actual record stood for itself.”

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Never Have I Ever‘s awards absence isn’t the only omission people are talking about. Many have pointed out the lack of nominations for the trans performers on FX’s Pose after the lone acting nomination for the hit series went to Billy Porter. Others noted that only one Latinx performer (Alexis Bledel) was nominated in any of the acting categories. Netflix’s most-nominated shows of the year include Watchmen (26), Ozark and Succession (18 each), The Mandalorian (15), The Crown (13), and Hollywood (12).

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