'The X-Files' Season 11 Almost Lost Gillian Anderson Because Of Equal Pay, Scully Offered Half Of Mulder's Pay

8:00 AM EDT 5/29/2017 by Anya Bell, Celebeat Reporter

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Fans were concerned that it wouldn't happen but Fox has finally confirmed "The X-Files" Season 11 will be part of the network's 2018 lineup. So why was Gillian Anderson initially insistent that the series is over? It may have to do with the woman who plays the iconic Dana Scully being offered half of what co-star David Duchovny earns. Did the series almost lose Anderson because they denied her of equal pay?

It's no secret that Gillian Anderson didn't seem interested in returning for "The X-Files" Season 11. CeleBeat has previously reported on the possibility that the series will have to continue without Dana Scully because the "American Gods" star did not want to continue working on the show. However, it looks like there was a deeper reason why Anderson was hesitant about teaming up with Fox Mulder one more time. Did it have to do with the actress not getting equal pay with David Duchovny?

According to Fortune, Gillian Anderson was recently a guest of the Wing, an exclusive women-only social club in New York. At this particular meeting, the star of "The Fall" revealed that Fox was initially planning to pay her half of David Duchovny's salary if she agreed to return for last year's 6-episode revival. "I wasn't paid half-I was offered half, which is a big difference," Anderson stated, although it is evident that things worked out well for the actress. But is it possible that Anderson didn't want to return for "The X-Files" Season 11 because she was given the same offer?

It is unclear whether Fox once again offered Gillian Anderson only half the amount of David Duchovny's paycheck for "The X-Files" Season 11. However, fans can rest assured that both Dana Scully and Fox Mulder will be back for the highly anticipated series. The show is expected to return in early 2018.

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