“Three’s Firm” proved to be an out-of-the-box hit. After 4 profitable seasons on the high of the scores, Suzanne Somers requested to barter her contract. On the time, she informed Fox Information, she was incomes $30,000 per episode — one-fifth of the $150,000-an-episode wage of co-star John Ritter. “And I used to be on the No. 1 present. It simply appeared improper as a result of I used to be clearly being underpaid,” she defined.
The community, nonetheless, did not see it that method. When she requested to obtain the identical wage was Ritter, she was provided an additional $5,000. Somers was ultimately fired, with the PR spin machine making a narrative that she was ungrateful, grasping, tough to work with. “Now, I used to be out of labor and labeled ‘hassle’ solely as a result of I needed to be paid pretty for doing my job,” Somers mentioned. In accordance with Somers’ husband/supervisor Alan Hamel, she was a sacrificial lamb, fired to ship a message to ABC’s different feminine stars. “The community was willing to do that as a result of earlier that 12 months the ladies on ‘Laverne & Shirley’ had gotten what they requested for they usually needed to place a cease to it,” Hamel informed The Hollywood Reporter.
Instantly, one in all TV’s hottest stars was persona non grata in Hollywood. “After I used to be fired, I could not get a job,” Somers informed InStyle in 2020. “And I nonetheless do not know what they informed the solid, however everybody turned towards me.”