‘9-1-1’ Star Angela Bassett Speaks Out After Report of Her $450k-an-Episode Salary

by Suzanne Halliburton

Angela Bassett plays a cop in 9-1-1, a show that was written specifically with the star in mind.

She’s a ground-breaking, talented actress doing TV after a wonderful career in movies. Recently, she made news when 9-1-1 creators upped her salary. She’s earning $450,000 an episode, which makes her the highest-paid woman of color in TV network series history.

A reporter with The Guardian asked her about her new salary. Bassett didn’t want to confirm the exact dollar amount. But she was happy to talk about it.

“You journalists, you say a lot of things,” the 9-1-1 star said when she was initially asked about the $450,000 per episode.

But then there was the quick follow-up question. It does feel nice to be recognized in such a big way for your value, right”

Bassett answered: “You know what? One of the things I said early in my career is: ‘I want to work consistently and I want to be paid fairly.’ I think that’s what all of us longed for and, if and when that happens, it’s a good day. And I hope that it paves the way for equity for others. That’s my desire.”

9-1-1 Star Celebrated Her 63rd Birthday with Big Raise, Day at the Beach

The ageless Bassett celebrated her 63rd birthday last month. She spent it on the beach during a break from playing Athena Grant on 9-1-1. August turned out to be a terrific month for the Academy Award nominee. She got the big raise and she’s working as an executive producer on two shows — 9-1-1 and spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Fox loves both the shows. Bassett’s 9-1-1 is the highest-rated scripted drama on the network. The Masked Singer, a reality show, is the only Fox series with higher ratings than 9-1-1. The network gave all the permanent cast members a big raise. Peter Krause saw his salary increase to $300,000 an episode. Deadline reported it was a 25 percent raise.

In the show’s season four finale back in May, Bassett’s Athena solved a huge crime. She deduced that a sniper on the loose was a former SWAT team member. Plus, she and her husband Bobby Nash (Peter Krause) decided to save their marriage. The two stars of the series were married in season two. And Bassett said she, initially, was against the wedding.

“I thought, after a year and a half, maybe it’s a little too soon,” Bassett said. “We could’ve pushed it off maybe a little bit more, but I’ve never executive-produced a series before, and maybe after a season and a half, it’s just fine timing.”

Season five kicks off Sept. 20. And the first three episodes should be exciting times 10. Someone hacks the city of Los Angeles power grid. There’s a city-wide blackout. It’s chaos. But then again, this is 9-1-1, where chaos is celebrated. Stay tuned.