Kathy Griffin has made a career out of being an outspoken comedian, but when it comes to business deals her frank demeanour hasn’t gotten her equal pay.
In an essay for Variety Griffin reveals a lifetime of mistreatment in Hollywood.
“When I was on ‘My Life on the D List,’ I took my Emmys with me to a meeting with NBC’s co-chairman Ben Silverman. I said, ‘I have these. Can I have a raise now?’ I think the answer was either a very tiny one or no.”
That isn’t the first time Griffin has asked for equal pay and been rejected. In the 90s when she was on Suddenly Susan she literally went door to door asking her co-stars what they made. She found out she was the second-lowest paid actor on the show and that Judd Nelson made four-times what she made.
“I didn’t get a raise after season one, two or three. But after three years, I said, ‘In all fairness, I think I should make equal pay.’ I went to the head of Warner Bros. TV. I’m not kidding. I went to Peter Roth’s office myself. I said, ‘Look, I’ve been on the show for three years. You’ve got to give me some kind of raise.’ It was an all-out brawl. I wrote down a number on a napkin, because I was making a joke about how it was like a car sale. I got a raise. I still didn’t make equal pay to what the guys were making.”
Griffin is still dealing with unequal pay today. She mentions in her essay that she’s trying to get more money from her recurring gig on New Years Eve with Anderson and Kathy where she makes less than her CNN co-host, Anderson Cooper.
This isn’t surprising, but it’s further proof that women continue to make less than men in Hollywood – and that’s white women who manage to get jobs in the first place! There’s also Latina actresses who only get half of what men make in the industry and black actresses who never make it onto Forbes’ list of top-paid actresses. Last years top 10 were Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, and Kristen Stewart.
Your move, CNN.
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