The Time’s Up initiative has been taking strides to address sexual assault, workplace harassment and inequality, both within Hollywood and among everyday women. During a recent meeting, Tracee Ellis Ross’ name was mentioned as a prime example of the pay gap between men and women on screen, reportedly making “significantly less” than her Black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the topic of Ross and Anderson’s paychecks were discussed “at length,” and may lead the Golden Globe winner to cut back on appearances on the hit series.
“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,” reports THR.
“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.”
This follows reports of actor Mark Wahlberg being paid nearly 10 times more than All the Money in the World co-star Michelle Williams, taking home $5 million compared to Williams’ $625,000, according to The Atlantic.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.