Do you love black-ish? We sure do. Hell, it’s the series that spawned Yara Shahidi’s glow-up, including grown-ish, which just got a 20-episode season two order over at Freeform. But if you’re to believe this new report from The Hollywood Reporter, we may be seeing less of Tracee Ellis Ross on black-ish, due to one of the most significant issues in Tinseltown: pay disparities among genders.
According to THR, individuals at a Time’s Up meeting discussed the huge difference in pay between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for working on (ironically) All the Money In the World, as well as Ross’ apparent issues over at ABC. THR‘s sources say Ross is threatening to cut back on how many episodes of black-ish she’s in if she isn’t brought up to Anthony Anderson’s level of pay. It’s said that Ross would be looking to appear on other shows to make up for what she feels she’s owed.
As of right now it’s hard to say what Ross (who is said to currently be in contract negotiations for season five of black-ish) gets for playing Rainbow compared to what Anderson, her black-ish husband Andre, is getting, but THR‘s report includes a comment from a “network source” saying that “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.”
In 2017, Ross became the first black woman since 1983 to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical TV Series, and she’s hilarious in black-ish. For that alone, ABC better pay Ross what she’s owed. The last thing we need is some flim-flam where she isn’t on-screen as much. Hollywood, as a whole, needs to start paying women what they’re owed.
SOURCE: Complex – Khal