'There Were Never Any Threats': Tracee Ellis Ross Addresses 'Black-ish' Pay Gap Claims
UPDATE: Tracie Ellis Ross has since responded to reports saying that she was considering cutting appearances on black-ish if she does not receive a raise.
In her statement she said that there were “never any threats” made that she was going to appear on fewer episodes of the show, and that she wished the reporter would have confirmed the report with her.
“Having had my renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward, but I’m grateful for the outpouring of support,” she wrote.
You can read the statement in its entirety here.
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Fans might be seeing less of Tracee Ellis Ross on black-ish if she does not get a raise.
Ross is reportedly considering to appear in fewer episodes of the ABC sitcom because of a lower salary than co-star Anthony Anderson, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Sources say that she would make up the disparity by appearing on another show.
However, it is important to note that Anderson not only stars in but serves executive producer on the show, which could account for the difference in pay.
Over the first four seasons of black-ish both Anderson and Ross have been nominated for several Emmys and Golden Globes, but he has never won. Ross, however, won a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical TV series in 2017, becoming the first black woman to do so in 35 years.
Last year, Ross penned an essay honoring former FLOTUS Michelle Obama.
Taken from the book Courage Is Contagious, Ross writes about Obama’s impact on black women in America and how she played an integral part for how Ross portrays Rainbow Johnson on the ABC television series black-ish.
“Mrs. Obama made room for my character, Rainbow Johnson. She validated a Rainbow Johnson for people who had never met a black woman with the revolutionary experience of being joyful,” Ross wrote. “A black woman who is not only surviving but thriving. A black woman who is actually in love with her husband — not an image we usually see in American pop culture. A black woman who can be goofy and sexy, who can be smart and empowered and soft and lovable and vulnerable. Eight years of watching Michelle Obama as a person, not just relegated to doing ‘woman things,’ provided an antidote to all the false representations of black women that have inundated us for centuries — images that don’t represent the reality, or the humanity, of who we are as black people.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter