For the first time, Tracee Ellis Ross is opening up about her thoughts on ABC shelving a black-ish episode that reportedly discussed NFL players kneeling and the national anthem debacle that has ensued since.
It was said to be a mutual decision between the network and the showrunner/creator, Kenya Barris.
During the comedy actress roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, Ellis said, “The details of why the episode was pulled and everything that has surrounded that, I do not have the answers for. To a certain extent, I have purposefully stayed out of those conversations because I’ve had no power to do something beyond that. I have asked for the information and pushed for the information that I felt would be helpful to me and constructive in what I can do with it because I find it frightening,” she said.
The episode would have featured “Anthony Anderson’s patriarch Dre caring for his infant son on the night of an intense thunderstorm that keeps the whole household awake. Dre attempts to read the baby a bedtime story but abandons that plan when the baby continues to cry. He instead improvises a bedtime story that, over the course of the episode, conveys many of Dre’s concerns about the current state of the country. The episode covers multiple political and social issues. In one scene, Dre and oldest son Junior (Marcus Scribner) argue over the rights of athletes to kneel during the performance of the national anthem at football games.”
black-ish returns for a new season this fall.