Tracee Ellis Ross Is 1st Black Woman in 30 Years to Receive Emmy Nod for Best Comedy Actress

The actress received a nod for outstanding leading actress in a comedy series.

ByABC News
September 15, 2016, 10:59 AM

— -- Tracee Ellis Ross is the first black woman in three decades to receive an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

On "Good Morning America" today, Ross watched a clip of her "Black-ish" co-star Anthony Anderson's freak-out moment last month when he read his own Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, as well as Ross' nod and their show's nod for outstanding comedy series.

"So I'm sitting at home watching, and it was hilarious," Ross said. "I screamed when Anthony, when he said his name, I was literally like a seal. And then when he got to my category, I was like, 'Are they going to go with the Ellis, or the Ross?' And I was like, 'Oh, God, the Es are done!'"

She added, "My name came up, and I jumped up, ran around my dining room table, opened my front door, went in my courtyard and was running around. I was like, 'What am I doing? I have nowhere to go! Call somebody!' I left my body. I was so excited."

Tracee Ellis Ross' mother, legendary singer Diana Ross, congratulated her daughter on the Emmy nod.

"I woke her up," Tracee Ellis Ross, 43, said of sharing the news with her mom.

When asked what she's going to do next, Tracee Ellis Ross replied, "The Johnsons are going to Disney World," referring to the show's fictional family.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC this Sunday.