Why Tracee Ellis Ross chose NBC over BET’s ‘Reed Between The Lines’ and lost big

Tracee Ellis Ross


Tracee Ellis Ross will not be returning for Season 2 of BET’s “Reed Between The Lines.” As we previously reported, producers wrote her character out of the upcoming season and replaced her by adding several promising new characters.

Ross in an interview with Essence revealed that she left the BET sitcom to shoot an NBC drama pilot, “Bad Girls,” that was ultimately not picked up.

“It was that BET hadn’t decided if they were picking up the show yet or not,” says Ross. “During that time when they didn’t know, I was offered a really amazing pilot for NBC, and BET graciously allowed me to go and do it. Then the timing got complicated and there was a need to move forward. [BET] had to figure out how to deal without me because I wasn’t available. But it’s not because I wanted to leave.”

So what do you think? Did Ross roll the dice for greener pastures on network tv? Or is her loss just a result of the monster called show biz?