For the last 8 years co-stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson have been creating magic on television together in the ABC series Black-ish. As the show begins to air its final season, its been revealed that things weren’t always sunshine and rainbows between the two actors!
In a recent interview with Parade Magazine, Anthony came clean that Tracee wasn’t always fond of him due to a joke he made during an award show that offended her.
“We laugh about this now, but Tracee didn’t like me for maybe 10 years! We hosted the Vibe Awards [in 2005]. 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.”
Prior to Black-ish the two worked together on Tracee’s series titled “Reed Between the Lines” in 2011 as Anthony made an appearance. He says her feelings towards him became obvious each time they shared a scene together.
“When it came time for my close-up she would leave the stage like ‘The stage is Anthony’s!’ “ Anthony explains. “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 continues. “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.”
Fast forward to today the two are a driving force and one of the greatest on television couples to date.
“But today, there’s nothing that I would not do for Tracee. We work the same, we learn the same, we are there for one another, and we have the ability to work with such fearlessness when we’re together, because we know that we will never allow the other to fall.”