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Suzanne Somers Opens Up About Getting Fired From 'Three's Company'

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Suzanne Somers visits SiriusXM Studios on January 06, 2020 in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 20 November 2020 10:13 AM

Suzanne Somers has revealed the real reasons why she was axed from "Three's Company." For five seasons the 74-year-old actress captivated viewers of the 1970s TV sitcom as the beloved Chrissy Snow, but when her contract came up for renewal producers decided it was best to let her go. They were not prepared to meet her request for a salary increase to match that of co-star John Ritter, Somers shared in an interview with ET published Thursday.

"So, we went in to renegotiate for year six because we had to, my contract was up," she explained. "And they fired me. They fired me for asking to be paid commensurate with the men. They need you as the example so no other woman in television will get uppity and think that they could ask for parity with men."

Somers' exit from "Three's Company" meant being estranged from her castmates.

"Oh, it was so sad," she said. "It was so sad. It was like being shunned from your family and whatever those producers said to them when they went back to the rehearsal hall, they painted me as greedy. They painted me as she's trying to ruin the show, and so the whole show — cast and crew — shunned me. ... So, I never talked to anybody on that show ever again. Ever again."

There was one exception — Ritter. The pair shared a strong bond, but things soured when Somers left the show. The TV icon admitted the late actor harbored resentment towards her for a long time, but they eventually made peace and were even planning to do a show together when Ritter died in September 2003 at age 54 from an aortic dissection.

Looking back, Somers said she had no regrets despite the ups and downs, strained relationships, and lost friends. Using her fame, she was able to launch her own business after finding success through the Thighmaster, a popular exercise device used to shape the thighs. For a while she questioned leaving "Three's Company" but it all worked out in the end.

"I sat in my living room, like 'Why, why did I do this, why?' I had the greatest gig in television, this character that people loved," she said of leaving the show. "And I heard a voice. And the voice in my head said, 'Why are you focused on what you don't have? Why don't you focus on what you do have?' And I sat there and I thought, 'What do I have?' And then I realized, 'Wow, I have enormous visibility. Everybody in this country knows my name

The proof came during a recent trip to Israel.

"I was just in Israel and I had a private meeting with [Prime Minister of Israel] Benjamin Netanyahu and he comes up to me and goes, 'I know about the books but I've been watching you for 25 years,'" she continued. "I said, 'You have?' He said, 'Yeah, for the longest time in Israel we had one television station and one sitcom.' So, the power of television is immense and it's global. So that's how this journey began."

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