Emmy Rossum confirmed on Wednesday that she will return to the Showtime series “Shameless” after demanding to be paid the same as co-star William H. Macy.
“Playing Fiona Gallagher has been one of the great privileges of my life,” Rossum tweeted. “I’m so happy to continue w my SHAMELESS family! Back to work in May!”
Rossum’s pay dispute was said to be holding up a potential Season 8 renewal for the show. Showtime has yet to formally announce the renewal.
Macy recently renegotiated his deal with the Warner Bros. TV-produced series, with Rossum following suit. To his credit, Macy stated he supported Rossum’s bid for equal pay.
When caught on camera in Los Angeles, Macy told TMZ that it’s “’bout f—ing time” women make the same money as men. He even offered the paparazzi a pretty good history lesson about the Equal Rights Amendment.
“The only thing I’ve got over Emmy Rossum is I’m better looking,” Macy quipped to end the interview. Macy has been Emmy-nominated as Frank Gallagher each of the last three years. Rossum has not.
Based on the long-running hit U.K. series, “Shameless” is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning television and film producer John Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Pimental, Davey Holmes and Krista Vernoff.
Wells developed the series for American television. Paul Abbott serves as executive consultant. “Shameless” is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.