Late last week The Hollywood Reporter published a story about actresses battling the pay gap in Hollywood. In it they claimed (via an unnamed source from a Time’s Up meeting) that current Glamour cover star Tracee Ellis Ross was unhappy with the negotiations for the fifth season of Black-ish and had issues with her pay in comparison to costar Anthony Anderson. “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 article also quoted a network source who said that Ross’s compensations would be significantly increased but that her role and Anderson’s were not comparable since he has been an executive producer since the show began.
Here’s the thing, according to Ross, nobody from THR reached out to her on the matter, and she says the comments attributed to her in the original article are not hers. So she took to Twitter to address the “conversation and speculation.” She says that she was in a common renegotiation during the fourth season of a “successful show” and that she “wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to be a fully realized black woman on TV.” She says that there were never any threats made about her role on the show.
And, of course, being the amazing woman and voice in the movement that she is, Ross takes a moment to talk about the larger societal issue at hand. “Having had my renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward, but I’m grateful for the outpouring of support. I’m truly thankful that important conversations are taking place about fighting for women’s worth and equality, tightening the pay gap in every industry.”
You tell ’em, Tracee.