Tracee Ellis Ross Issues Statement on Salary Negotiations with TV Show “Black-ish”

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Tracee Ellis Ross, who co-stars with Anthony Anderson on the TV show “Black-ish,” has issued a statement on her salary negotiations. The Golden Globe Award winning, actress issued a statement to clear up the confusion on a report released by the Hollywood Report regarding salary differences between the two co-stars.

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Since the show debuted on ABC in 2014, Ross and Anderson have co-starred on “Black-ish.” In 2016, Ross became the first black woman in 35 years to win a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical TV series. Ross was in renegotiations with the show when the Hollywood Reporter released a story quoting sources saying, Tracee said that she makes “significantly less” money than Anderson for her work on the show and unless it’s rectified she’ll appear in fewer episodes while guest starring on other shows to make up the difference.

The Hollywood Reporter explains:

“With negotiations for the fifth season ongoing, sources say Ellis Ross feels that if she isn’t brought up to Anderson’s level, she may opt to appear in fewer episodes to make up the disparity by guesting on another show. The tactic has split opinions within Time’s Up, with some worried that it’s more a retreat than a forward-looking solution (fitting in extra work isn’t always feasible, and often an actress wouldn’t earn as much guesting as she would as a network star). A network source says a new deal will significantly increase her compensation and cautioned that Anderson and Ellis Ross’ roles aren’t equal given that he has been attached to Black-ish from the start and is an executive producer. Still, until a few weeks ago, this type of candid conversation would never have taken place outside an actress’ agency.”

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Ross states the words used in the initial report were not hers and were misconstrued. During the process of renegotiating her contract she felt like she deserves money that reflects the amount time and dedication she puts into the show.

Below is her statement in full:


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