Jasmine Guy Says She Made $6,000 a Week Filming A Different World

actress Jasmine guy won the hearts of viewers thanks to her portrayal as Whitley Gilbert, Gilbert Hall’s spoiled Southern Belle at the fictional HBCU Hillman College in the classic ’90s spin-off series A Different World.

During a recent appearance on the Uncensored podcast with Ryan Cameron, Guy reflected on her tenure on the hit show. She revealed she still gets paid by the show, but it’s not much. When asked why, the veteran Hollywood star said the lack of involvement with the show hurt her share of the programme’s backlog.

Studio portrait of actress Jasmine Guy and actor Kadeem Hardison, co-stars of the television show A Different World. Aired: 1987-1993. (Photo by Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

“We didn’t own it, you know,” she explained, before adding, “I didn’t have a position to ask for nothing. I thought, ‘I’m making $6,000. I had never seen that before.” Cameron was stunned and asked the actress to elaborate.

She continued, “When I first came on ‘A Different World,’ I was on a contract and I was getting $6,000 a week and I was on a seven-episode limited contract, me and Kadeem [Hardison]. When we got to the show on episode 6 he said, “What do you think?” I thought, ‘I don’t know. I have not given up my apartment.”

Fans in the comments section were upset by the news. Some blamed disgraced actor Bill Cosby, citing it was his show, including one Instagram user who wrote, “THIS IS ALL ON DR. COSBY.” They added, “That was his show!”

Other critics pointed out the often cutthroat nature of the entertainment business. “I’ll say this … they’ve definitely taken advantage of our people in Hollywood for so long. For such an iconic show, contracts would have had to be renegotiated to allow the cast to receive residual income through syndication,” another person wrote in a lengthy reply.

They continued, “This thing is 5% entertainment and 95% business. Those damn contracts are often draconian… You don’t know what you’re essentially signing until it’s way too late to do anything about it.

Guy and Hardison, who played her steadfast love interest and later television husband Dwayne Cleofis Wayne, starred on the show from 1987-1993. However, the couple didn’t become the focus of the show until the second season. after producer Debbie Allen made several critical adjustments that would forever change the show’s legacy. Jasmine Guy Says She Made $6,000 a Week Filming A Different World

James Brien

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