Tracee Ellis Ross is setting the record straight about her “Black-ish” salary and alleged threats to cut back her appearances on the hit ABC sitcom if her pay isn’t comparable to Anthony Anderson’s.
In the past, it would have been a major faux pas for Chastain to publicly comment on another actress’ salary, especially before it had been published. But that’s what happened thanks to a recent Time’s Up meeting. According to a source who attended, the Wahlberg-Williams discrepancy was discussed at length, as was Tracee Ellis Ross getting paid significantly less than her Black-ish co-star Anthony Anderson.
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.
Tracee took to social media to set the record straight. In her message, she thanked everyone for their support, but admitted it was awkward having her salary as a public discussion.
She went on to shut down the notion that she made any threats in regards to her appearances on the show.
Listen! Let’s keep it 100…I love Anthony Anderson, but Tracee is just as significant to the success of “Black-ish” as he is.