‘CSI’ Star Tracee Ellis Ross Says Goodbye to Current Show in Emotional Tribute

by Samantha Whidden
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Earlier this month, CSI alum Tracee Ellis Ross took to her Instagram account to say farewell to her current hit series Black-Ish in an emotional tribute to her co-stars.

In the sweet post, the former CSI star declared it is so hard to say goodbye to the Black-Ish family. But she leaves the set full of joy and pride. “It was an honor to go to work every day. To create our hilarious and important show. We changed the landscape of modern primetime television. It is more than a notion to keep rising above the limiting ideas people have for black women. To keep feeling the hits and to keep being free and shining anyway.”

The CSI alum went on to explain that Black-Ish was a place where she could shine and be free. “Let this show be a promise of what is to come,” Ross declared. “Let the space we leave in our departure be an invitation for an eternity of black women leads who select the truth of who we are in the world.”

The former CSI castmate went on to add that the farewell season of Black-Ish will premiere on January 4, 2022. The hit series first premiered on September 24, 2014. It follows a family man who struggles to gain a “sense of cultural identity” while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood. 

Starring alongside the CSI alum in Black-Ish included Anthony Anderson, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, and Peter Mackenzie. The show also had a spin-off called Grown-Ish. 

‘CSI’ Star Tracee Ellis Ross Previously Spoke About How Hard the Final Season of ‘Black-Ish’ Will Be For Her

During a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, CSI star Tracee Ellis Ross revealed that while she is ready for Black-Ish to end, it’s also going to be really on her. “I mean, eight years we’ve watched the TV kids grow up. We’ve watched [Anthony Anderson’s] beard do tons of different things. I found my voice. It came before, but I really started using it during Black-Ish.”

The CSI alum went on to say that Black-Ish offered her a different and larger platform. “I’ve always been a person who speaks up. I can’t help it. Sometimes the practice for me is – perhaps the exercise today is to not speak up.”

The media outlet also revealed that for her role in Black-Ish, Ross scored five nominations for an Emmy. Her first nomination was in 2016. It was the first time in 30 years that a black actress had been nominated for a lead role in a comedy series. She also won various awards for her performance on the series, including Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series at the NAACP Image Award in 2017.