Following the ouster of Paul Lee at ABC, his replacement Channing Dungey is now the first African American woman to run a broadcast network. Dungey is known as "the Shonda Whisperer" due to her close relationship with Shonda Rhimes, the network's most powerful showrunner who runs the vitally important Thursday night block of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. Lee did much to increase diversity on ABC's line-up by bringing in shows like 'Black-ish' and 'Fresh Off The Boat,' but stumbled big with 'The Muppets' and the Marvel shows. Lee and his boss Ben Sherwood are said to have clashed, but Lee's sudden stepping down this week took many in the industry by surprise.
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