"It's embarrassing, frankly," Rhimes told Vanity Fair of the bittersweet victories. "To me, it feels embarrassing that we are still in a place in which we still have to note these moments... I'm hoping that it's not a trend. I'm hoping that people don't feel satisfied because they saw a lot of people win, and then think that we're done."
On Sunday night, Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for "Master of None;" Donald Glover became the first African-American man to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for "Atlanta," Riz Ahmed became the first South-Asian man to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for "The Night Of," and Sterling K. Brown became the first African-American man to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "This Is Us" in almost 20 years.
Rhimes -- a triple nominee herself -- felt particularly proud of Waithe's win because the two ran into each other two days before the event.
"I had just seen [Lena] on Friday," Rhimes said. "She's so even-keeled and so grounded, and that episode was such an amazing episode of television."