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Tracee Ellis Ross Addressed Speculation About Her "Black-ish" Salary Negotiations On Twitter

"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 actor said in a statement posted to Twitter.

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Actor Tracee Ellis Ross addressed the rumors around her Black-ish salary in a statement posted to Twitter on Saturday, saying a report she "threatened" to not appear on the show as often was not true.

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Last week, it was reported that Tracee Ellis Ross might appear less on the show because her co-star, Anthony Anderson, is making much more money than her.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellis Ross was considering making up the salary difference through appearing on another show, if the pay gap wasn't resolved.

A representative for Ellis Ross told BuzzFeed News' that the star had no further comment about these alleged remarks, and the reported pay gap between her and her co-star, Anderson.

On Saturday, the actor addressed the discussion about her salary on Twitter, clarifying that "there were never any threats." "The words and thoughts that were in the original article that started this public conversation were not mine; there were never any threats," the actor said.

She added she was never asked about the rumor by the author of the story in the Hollywood Reporter:

There has been a lot of conversation and speculation the last few days regarding my blackish salary. I was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show. 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 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. Having had my renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward, but I'm 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
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Earlier this week, after it was widely reported that there was pay discrepancy, fans rushed to the defense of the actor and made demands that she be paid equally to her co-star.

Tracee Ellis Ross’ reportedly threatens to cut back "black-ish" appearances over a lower salary than co-star Anthon… https://t.co/azicYMb3ky

Tracee Ellis Ross making less than Anthony Anderson gotta be the worst thing I've ever heard https://t.co/cbWYeWANOY

One person called Ellis Ross "the MVP on that show."

@NYDailyNews Tracee Ellis Ross is the MVP on that show. If anything, the salary gap with Anderson should be the other way around.

In response to Ellis Ross's statement, fans are yet again expressing support for her, commenting that she makes the show what it is.

@TraceeEllisRoss @blackishabc would not be where it is today if wasn't for this leading lady. #FightYourWorth 💯

"They better give you what you want," this person concluded.