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Shameless' Emmy Rossum Settles Salary Dispute, Clearing the Way for Season 8

The actress had been seeking pay equity with William H. Macy

Liam Mathews

Emmy Rossum and Shamelessproducers have come to an agreement about Rossum's salary, clearing the way for a Season 8 renewal for the Showtime dramedy. Rossum confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday.

Rossum, who plays lead character Fiona Gallagher on the Showtime series, had been seeking compensation equal to top-billed actor William H. Macy. Rossum came into the series earning considerably less than Macy despite having an equal workload. She was demanding greater per-episode pay than Macy in Season 8 to make up the difference. For his part, Macy was supportive, saying his TV daughter "deserves everything." Rossum also directed an episode in Season 7, further bolstering her case for a raise.

​Emmy Rossum, Shameless

Emmy Rossum, Shameless


Terms of Rossum's deal have not been disclosed.

Showtime has not yet officially renewed Shameless for Season 8, though Rossum says it will start shooting in May 2017. Its Season 7 finale airs Sunday, Dec. 18 at 9/8c on Showtime.

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