Tracee Ellis Ross Speaks Out Over Salary Controversy


Tracee Ellis Ross has denied a report alleging she threatened to cut back her Black-Ish appearances over a pay disparity.

Editors at The Hollywood Reporter (THR) claimed on Friday (19Jan18) that the actress was making considerably less than her male co-star Anthony Anderson and planned to scale back her appearances on the ABC sitcom if the wage gap wasn’t settled.

But on Saturday (20Jan18), Tracee took to Twitter to set the record straight.

“There has been a lot of conversation and speculation the last few days regarding by Black-ish salary. I was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show,” she explained. “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.”

Tracee, who is the daughter of music icon Diana Ross, won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy – in 2017, and while Anthony has been nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes, he missed out on the honors.

She went on to slam reports that she had threatened to cut back her appearances on the show, and said her contract renegotiation becoming headline news was very uncomfortable.

“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,” the 45-year-old continued, adding, “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 every industry.”