Emmy Ros­sum Has Been Of­fered Par­ity With 'Shame­less' Co-Star Wil­liam H Macy — But She Wants More

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The fu­ture of Show­time's long-run­ning se­ries "Shame­less" is be­ing held up, due to on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with star Emmy Ros­sum. Ros­sum, who's been a lead on "Shame­less" since it de­buted in 2011, is in the midst of re-ne­go­ti­at­ing her con­tract for a po­ten­tial eighth sea­son. Sources close to the show tell Va­ri­ety that months ago, the ac­tress was of­fered pay par­ity with her co star Wil­liam H. Macy-but she is ask­ing to be paid more.

An insider says Show­time wants to re­new the show for Sea­son 8, but won't pro­ceed un­til re­solv­ing Ros­sum's salary. The cre­ative forces be­hind the dram­edy have not even con­sid­ered a plan for the show to con­tinue without her, our source ex­plains, as all par­ties in­volved are hope­ful to close ne­go­ti­a­tions with the ac­tress.

Ros­sum is de­mand­ing equal pay with Macy, af­ter seven sea­sons of be­ing paid less than him, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished ear­lier to­day by the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. A source tells Va­ri­ety she has in fact been of­fered equal pay. But she is hold­ing out for a big­ger salary than Macy to make up for the pre­vi­ous sea­sons where she was mak­ing sig­nif­i­cantly less than him. Both Show­time and Warner Bros. TV, the stu­dio be­hind "Shame­less," de­clined to com­ment. Reps for Ros­sum didn't im­me­di­ately re­spond to Va­ri­ety's calls.

A source close to "Shame­less" tells Va­ri­ety that the net­work and stu­dio take the in­come dis­par­ity very se­ri­ously, but in­sist that the of­fer for par­ity has been on the ta­ble for a while and is not be­ing ac­cepted by Ros­sum's team. By of­fer­ing her the same salary as Macy, this per­son says the net­work and stu­dio are "clearly ac­knowl­edg­ing her im­por­tance to the show" and how her role has evolved into a cru­cial part over the years. "It hasn't even been con­tem­plated do­ing the show without her," adds the source.

Ros­sum's salary dis­pute comes at a time when equal pay has be­come a prom­i­nent con­ver­sa­tion in the in­dus­try, led by ac­tresses like Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette and Jen­nifer Lawrence. At the time "Shame­less" pre­miered, Macy, 66, was ar­guably more well-known than Ros­sum, 30. Though the ac­tress was com­ing off of films like "The Day Af­ter To­mor­row" and "Phan­tom of the Opera" for which she was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe, Macy had al­ready won mul­ti­ple Em­mys, plus had an Os­car nom­i­na­tion, Golden Globe and SAG nom­i­na­tions.

For his work on "Shame­less," Macy has been nom­i­nated for three Em­mys, a Golden Globe, and won a SAG Award. Ros­sum has been nom­i­nated for two Crit­ics Choice Awards, but never an Emmy, SAG Award or Golden Globe. Awards recog­ni­tion typ­i­cally helps ac­tors to ne­go­ti­ate a pay raise.

Ros­sum has rene­go­ti­ated her salary since "Shame­less" de­buted. An insider says she got a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease from her orig­i­nal deal sev­eral sea­sons ago, as did Macy. Macy re­cently closed a new deal for the po­ten­tial eighth sea­son-the same deal that is now be­ing of­fered to Ros­sum. — Reuters


Ac­tress Emmy Ros­sum.

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