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TheDailyBeast: TV’s Nastiest Contract Battles

Suzanne Somers

Here’s how not to renegotiate a contract. Suzanne Somers, who played bodacious blonde Chrissy Snow on "Three’s Company," had starred in the hit sitcom for four seasons at a rate of $30,000 an episode, but abruptly decided she was worth more—five times as more, to be exact, with a 2 percent share of the show’s profits to boot. Producers reportedly rebuffed her $150,000-per-episode demand and offered $35,000 instead (and made sure to point out that the actress repeatedly missed rehearsals). After Somers countered by complaining that her costars were refusing to speak to her, Chrissy’s appearances on the show became increasingly infrequent, and by April 1981, "Company’s" producers declined to renew the actress’s contract. As for Chrissy, she was exiled to Fresno, Calif., where she cared for her sick mother.

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