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Tracee Ellis Ross sets the record straight about reported ‘Black-ish’ pay gap

KC Orcutt

 // Jan 21, 2018

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Tracee Ellis Ross has found herself at the center of the conversations surrounding the fight for equal pay in Hollywood, but not quite in the way she originally intended to be involved.

Following a Jan. 18 feature in The Hollywood Reporter, the actress' salary and its disparity from that of her co-star Anthony Anderson's was publicly discussed, with Ross now coming forward to set the record straight.

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"There has been a lot of conversation and speculation the last few days regarding my black-ish salary," she shared in a statement on Twitter. "I was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show."

The feature also mentioned that Ross was considering appearing in fewer episodes if she was not able to renegotiate her salary to be up to par with Anderson's, something that Ross explained wasn't necessarily the case.

While Ross did not confirm explicitly the pay difference between her and Anderon's salaries, with the latter also serving as an executive producer for the show, she did explain the situation in her own words.

"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 statement continued. "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 then goes on to add that even though "having had [her] renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward," she was "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," she added, concluding the note.

The 45-year-old has also been vocal about her support of the Time's Up movement, recently wearing all black at the 2018 Golden Globes as part of the initiative to stand in solidarity with those working to combat sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the entertainment industry specifically and in the world at large.

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