Late last week, a report was published in The Hollywood Reporter titled, ‘Sharing Salaries: How Actresses Are Fighting Hollywood’s Gender Pay Disparity With Transparency.’
In the report, it stated that at a recent #TimesUp meeting, the salary disparity between Tracee Ellis Ross and her black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, was a subject of discussion — and that Ellis wanted to be brought up to Anderson’s compensation level and if not, she may appear in fewer episodes of the show.
Now, Ross is now speaking out on the report after it went viral on social media.
She says there were “never any threats” 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 her response, released on her Twitter account, in full below:
“There has been a lot of conversation and speculation the last few days regarding my blackish salary. I was in a renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show. I 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 reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.
The words and thoughts that were in the original article that started this public conversation were not mine; there were never any threats. I wish I would have been called by the reporter to confirm that. 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, and tightening the pay gap in the industry.”
Ross and Anderson (who is also an EP on the show) have starred on the ABC sitcom since its inception in 2014. Both have been nominated for multiple Emmys and Golden Globes for their work on the show, with Ellis winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017.