Actress Jasmine Guy got into the homes of millions in her role as Whitley Gilbert, a college student at the fictional Hillman College in the late 80s and early 90s in the TV series “A Different World.”
During a interview on the “Uncensored” podcast with Ryan Cameron, Guy talked about her experience on the show. The actress said she still gets paid from the show, but its not a lot of money. When asked why, she talked about not having any ownership stake in the show which affects her share the series residuals.
“We didn’t own it, you know,” she said, “I didn’t have any position to ask for nothing. I was like, ‘I’m making $6,000. I’d never seen that.” Cameron asked the actress to elaborate.
She added, “When I first got to ‘A Different World,’ I had a contract, and I got $6,000 a week, and I had a limited contract for seven episodes, me and Kadeem [Hardison]. So when we came on to the show, by episode 6, he was like, ‘What do you think?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know. I didn’t give up my apartment.”
Some people commented on the situation blaming creator of the show Bill Cosby. One person wrote, “this is ALL ON DR. COSBY.” They added, “this was his show!”
Other critics said it was simply just the cut-throat nature of the entertainment business. “I will say this..they have definitely taken advantage of our people in Hollywood for so very long. For such an iconic show..contracts should have been renegotiated in order for the cast to get residual income through syndication,” another person wrote.