Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross might have played husband and wife on ABC's Black-ish for eight seasons, but the actors haven't always been friends offscreen.
In a recent interview with Parade magazine, Anderson, 51, opened up about his friendship with Ross, 49. While hosting an awards show with Ross in the early 2000s, the actor said he made a fart joke that offended her, leading to an almost decade-long icy relationship.
"We laugh about this now, but Tracee didn't like me for maybe ten years!" he told Parade. "We hosted the Vibe Awards in 2005. As we walked 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."
"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,' Anderson said. "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!"
It's all water under the bridge now. Anthony said, “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.”
Ross also recently gushed about her co-star. "Ending a show is hard," Ross shared on an interview with E!. "I've spent more time being married to Dre than not. It's the longest relationship I've had."
As for what's in store for the final season? Anderson promised that Black-ish is "going to wrap up in a nice little bow and hand it to the public." Last night, special guest and former First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance, kicking off the farewell season with a bang.