‘X-Files’ boss speaks out on Gillian Anderson pay gap

The actor had to fight to be paid the same as David Duchovny for the show's return

X-Files boss Chris Carter has spoken out about the wage disparity between Gillian Anderson and her co-star David Duchovny.

During the sci-fi classic’s initial run in the ’90s, Duchovny was paid more than Anderson, despite them both playing lead characters Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, respectively.

Anderson has spoken out about the pay gap in the past, and has said she had to fight to be paid equally when the show returned in 2016. In a new interview with Digital Spy, Carter said he believed the actor deserved to be paid as much as her co-star.

“But,” he added, “we working in a business where you have agents and you have lawyers and they try to make you the best deal they can. On the other side of that table is a studio, who is going to make sure themselves the best deal they can. That’s as it’s ever been.”

Carter continued to say that people “don’t appreciate that it’s a business” and that “just because we all believe that people should have equal pay, the people on the other side of the table” are looking to make the best deal possible.

“They just don’t automatically pay someone equal to someone else because that’s what the world is asking for,” he said. “I’m happy to say that Gillian is paid the same as David now.”

Anderson is set to leave the show after season 11, which will premiere in the UK tonight (February 5) on Channel 5.