Anthony Anderson Reveals ‘Black-ish’ Co-star Tracee Ellis Ross Did Not Like Him For 10 Years

Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson Reveals ‘Black-ish’ Co-star Tracee Ellis Ross Did Not Like Him For 10 Years

With ABC‘s hit show, “Blackish” coming to an end, it’s only natural that behind the scenes secrets are revealed. In a recent interview, lead star Anthony Anderson shared that while he and his on-screen wife Tracee Ellis Ross are close friends now, things weren’t always so amicable between the two. Anderson revealed,

” I knew Tracee prior to “Black-ish”… We laugh about this now, but Tracee didn’t like me for maybe 10 years!”

The 51-year-old comedian said that the two initially met when they hosted the Vibe Awards in 2005 and he didn’t make the best first impression.

“As we were walking onto the stage, there was a loud sound over the speaker, and I said, “Tracee? Did you fart?” The audience loved it, but what I did not know is how offended Tracee was by that comment.”

Tracee Ellis Ross


The two reunited in 2011 when Anthony Anderson appeared on Ross’s sitcom “Reed Between the Lines”. Although majority of the scenes were done together,  Anthony remembered she would leave the stage when he filmed his close-up shots and would say,

“The stage is Anthony’s!” 

He admits that he initially thought Tracee Ellis Ross was doing it to be kind, but later learned she really did it because she didn’t want to be near him due to their previous interaction years ago.

“I thought Tracee was just showing me the utmost respect as an actor… I was like ‘Oh, my God, I’ve never been treated like this before! I was a guest star on her show, and she was just giving me her set!’ Well, looking back on it, she didn’t want to be around me! “

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson later shared that Tracee Ellis Ross didn’t start liking him until they were co-stars on ‘Blackish’.

“She really didn’t start liking me until we were midway through the first season of ‘black-ish,’ and so we laugh about it now. But today, there’s nothing that I would not do for Tracee.”

As previously reported, the hit series Black-ish is gearing up for its eighth and final season. The show debuted back in 2014, and stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Marsai Martin, and Miles Brown. Jenifer Lewis, Laurence Fishburne, and Deon Cole also have recurring roles.

The series also has two spinoffs: Grown-ish and Mixed-ish. The eight and final season will premiere Tuesday (Jan. 4) 9:30 PM et. on ABC.


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Authored by: Monique Nicole