After her salary renegotiation became a public topic of discussion, Tracee Ellis Ross decided to clear the air by sharing a statement on Twitter. "There has been a lot of conversation and speculation the last few days regarding by black-ish salary," Ellis Ross shared Sunday. "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 black-ish star's compensation came under the spotlight after The Hollywood Reporter published an article claiming that Ross threatened to appear on fewer episodes if her salary wasn’t raised to the level of her co-star Anthony Anderson. Though Ellis Ross is fighting for pay equality, the actress debunked the sensationalized version of the negotiation reported by THR. "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," she wrote.
Ellis Ross is a participant in the Time’s Up movement and has used social media to promote activism and encourage gender equality. “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,” she wrote in her statement.
Ross won a Golden Globe for her role in the show as doctor/mother Rainbow Johnson in 2017. She was the first black woman to receive the award since 1983, so it's clear that the last thing we need is less of her onscreen. It's unclear how much she's getting compensated after the renegotiation, but hopefully, ABC realized just how valuable she is and is paying her accordingly.