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Anthony Anderson Says Tracee Ellis Ross Didn’t Like Him

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“Looking back on it, she didn’t want to be around me!”

The Black-ish star recently revealed that in 2005 he made a joke that offended Tracee — and she didn’t like him for almost a decade!


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“We laugh about this now, but Tracee didn’t like me for maybe 10 years!” Anthony admitted in an interview with Parade.

He explained that while the duo were hosting the Vibe Awards together in the early 2000s, he made a fart joke at her expense.

“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,” Anthony revealed.

When the duo reunited on the set of Tracee’s series Reed Between the Lines several years later, things were still tense.


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“When it came time for my close-up, she would leave the stage like, ‘The stage is Anthony’s!’ I thought Tracee was just showing me the utmost respect as an actor,” Anthony said.

He continued, “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!”


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Even after the pair were cast as the leads in Black-ish, things were still awkward until they were several episodes into the series.


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“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,” Anthony shared.

He added, “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.”


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You can read all that Anthony had to say here.

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