Tracee Ellis Ross is set to battle ABC network bosses for a raise in a bid to close the pay gap between her and Black-ish actor Anthony Anderson.
According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the Golden Globe award-winning actress has requested a raise to bring her salary closer to Anderson’s, but if it isn’t agreed she has reportedly threatened to cut back her appearances on the ABC sitcom.
The disparity in their pay reportedly emerged following discussion of Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg’s differing compensation for reshoots for All The Money in the World at a recent meeting held by members of the Time’s Up movement.
A source who attended told the publication that the Wahlberg–Williams pay gap – he received $1.5 million in comparison to Michelle’s $1,000 – was discussed at length. And the subject of Ellis Ross being paid significantly less than her Black-ish co-star Anderson, who plays her onscreen husband, was also a hot topic.
A network source explained to THR that Anderson’s pay reflects his dual roles as actor and executive producer. However, Ellis Ross has won a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical TV series in 2017, and while Anderson has been nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes, he missed out on the honors.
The 45-year-old actress, the daughter of singer Diana Ross, reportedly plans scale back her appearances on the show if the pay row isn’t settled, meaning she will be free to make appearances on other shows to increase her income.
Black-ish dominated in the television categories at the NAACP Image Awards which took place at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on Monday (15Jan18). The show won Outstanding Comedy Series and acting prizes for Ellis Ross and show host Anderson.
Meanwhile, days after news of his $1.5 million paycheck emerged, Wahlberg donated his reshoot fee to Time’s Up and agency William Morris Endeavor, which represents both him and Williams, also donated $500,000.