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Neve Campbell’s Scream6 Salary Left Her Feeling “Undervalued”

Legendary scream queen Neve Campbell doubles down on her decision to leave the franchise.

What’s scarier than being terrorized by Ghost Face for decades? Neve Campbell exiting the Scream franchise.

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Sadly, the world’s foremost scream queen won’t be returning to the series for Scream 6 due to a tale as old as time itself: disputes over money.

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“I did not feel that what I was being offered equated to the value that I bring to this franchise, and have brought to this franchise, for 25 years,” she told People on Monday.

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She went on to say that she feels she would have been offered more if she was a man, and that it’s really important for woman in the business “to be valued and to fight to be valued.” We’re still holding onto hope that Campbell doubling down inspires some execs to empty their deep, deep pockets to save a masterful franchise, but we’re not holding our breath.

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“I honestly don’t believe that if I were a man and had done five installments of a huge blockbuster franchise over 25 years, that the number that I was offered would be the number that would be offered to a man,” Campbell said. “I couldn’t walk on set feeling that — feeling undervalued and feeling the unfairness, or lack of fairness, around that.”

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Of course, we support any star, especially one that brought Sidney Prescott to life, getting their fair paycheck! And there is power in saying no. Just take it from Kim Cattrall, an icon of self-advocating. “It's a great wisdom to know when enough is enough,” Cattrall told Variety when discussing why she didn’t reprise her role as Samantha Jones in And Just Like That.

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“As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream,” Campbell said, perhaps alleging to some past experiences of feeling undervalued.

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It’s hard for a young actor to get taken seriously, especially in those days, and especially as a woman in horror. “It’s been a very difficult decision to move on. To all my Scream fans, I love you. You’ve always been so incredibly supportive to me. I’m forever grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years.”

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Campbell isn’t the only star to leave the franchise. Scream 5, which premiered in January, will also be David Arquette’s last appearance in the franchise. 25 years is long enough to have survived Ghost Face.

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