Tracee Ellis Ross Almost Turned Down 'Black-ish' Because She Thought Anthony Anderson 'Was An 'A**hole'

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Don't freak out, Black-ish fans, but the Johnsons as we know them almost never existed!

On an August episode of The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast, Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross revealed she almost passed on the role of Dr. Rainbow Johnson because she wasn't a fan of the actor who'd play her onscreen husband.


"I did not like Anthony (Anderson)," she admitted. "I had worked with him in the past. I thought he was an a**hole. If you know Anthony, he has a gruff exterior, and he does not have an inner governor, and Anthony says stuff that is not that appropriate all the time. Like, everybody knows it's part of why he's funny, it's part of the ace in his deck, but it's also, like, 'Oh, my God.' And if you don't know him, it can come across rudely."

Her personal encounters with Anthony didn't help his cause, either: "He had said some things to me in the past that I did not like, and I didn't like him," Tracee added. "I didn't like him."

We're gonna need a moment to process this.


Thankfully, Tracee eventually signed on for Black-ish because she knew creator Kenya Barris and others involved in the hit ABC show. After that, it wasn't long until her and Anthony's relationship improved dramatically.

"From the moment I walked in to that audition, I was like, 'Oh, there's magic here. Like, magic,' " she explained. "I will tell you, I was wrong — or not that 'I was wrong,' but I have a different experience of him now. He is one of my absolute favorite people. I love working with that man so much."

That's music to our ears. You can catch Tracee and Anthony back on Black-ish when it returns for a fourth season on Tuesday, October 3, but in the meantime, listen to a snippet from her "Awards Chatter" episode below:

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