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lizchris
Sep 20th, 2003, 03:52 AM
TV Guide or TV Guide.com is reporting that Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt, who have not spoken in about 20 years, may reunite for the tribute to John Ritter on Sunday's Emmy telecast, who as we all know, died last week at the age of 54. It seems that there was a chance for them to reconcile prior to Ritter's death when Joyce said in an interview this past sumemr that she was willing to extend an olive branch to Suzanne and talk again.

Mark43
Sep 20th, 2003, 04:02 AM
If those two bizatches (Joyce being the biggest BIZATCH!) get back together I will personally
CRAP MY PANTS.

lizchris
Sep 20th, 2003, 04:05 AM
If those two bizatches (Joyce being the biggest BIZATCH!) get back together I will personally
CRAP MY PANTS.

Why do you say that?

BTW, this is just a rumor, we won't know until it is confirmed or when they are on TV on Sunday.

Mark43
Sep 20th, 2003, 04:09 AM
Uh, cause Joyce was the biggest bizatch ever to poor Suzanne - who was only rightfully (and way before her time) asking for a huge raise AND a share of the profits in Three's Co.

Check out the deals that Larry Hagman, Bill Cosby and Ted Danson made just a FEW years after Suzanne requested the exact same thing.

I am sure all the cast members of Friends are grateful to her for leading the (although unsuccessful for her) way.

lizchris
Sep 20th, 2003, 05:08 AM
Uh, cause Joyce was the biggest bizatch ever to poor Suzanne - who was only rightfully (and way before her time) asking for a huge raise AND a share of the profits in Three's Co.

Check out the deals that Larry Hagman, Bill Cosby and Ted Danson made just a FEW years after Suzanne requested the exact same thing.

I am sure all the cast members of Friends are grateful to her for leading the (although unsuccessful for her) way.

While I don't fault Suzanne for trying to get more money, she was wrong in thinking she was the star of the show. She was the most popular, but John Ritter was the star of the show and she knew that his contract stipulated that no one on the show earn more than him (he was paid $50,000-$70,000/episode) and that she and Joyce were to earn the same amount of money per episode (which was $30,000/episode at the time of her dispute). If ABC gave in to her demands for six figures per episode, they would have to pay Joyce the same thing, plus pay John about $50,000 more than them, which would have eaten into their profit margin. In addition, she picked the wrong time (1980, during the writers' strike) to make her demands, when she and her manager/husband knew they would be turned down. She also failed to realize that Larry Hagman (who renegotiated his contract at the same time and only got $75,000/per episode), Carroll O'Connor and Alan Alda were the stars of their show and they were being paid in accordance (BTW, both Hagman and O'Connor didn't show up for tapings for their shows until they sucessfully renegotiated their contracts). The same is true with Bill Cosby and Ted Danson.

Having said all of this, I believe she and the rest of the casr should have gotten residual payments for reruns of Three's Company and it wasn't right if they didn't.

lizchris
Sep 20th, 2003, 05:16 AM
In addition, Joyce and John had every right to be mad at her for disupting the taping of the show because of the way the show was written, they couldn't write around her. She could have renegotiated her contrct and taped at the same time. She took her husband/manager's advice by not showing up for tapings and it backfired on her and cost her a very good job.

Mark43
Sep 20th, 2003, 05:18 AM
Suzanne was totally in the right. She deserved equal pay to John Ritter.

lizchris
Sep 20th, 2003, 05:24 AM
Suzanne was totally in the right. She deserved equal pay to John Ritter.

She might have, but all she had to do was renegotiate her contract so that she would have gotten equal pay. Knowing how John Ritter was, I don't think he would have made an objection to her demand.

Celeste
Sep 20th, 2003, 09:26 PM
All I can say is that I have seen Joyce DeWitt on lots of interviews and she seems to be an extremely bitter and angry person with respect to her years on Three's Company, particularly against Suzanne Somers. I bet if they do appear for a tribute, it will be just that, an appearance. They will both be on stage for it, but neither says a word to each other. DeWitt didn't think much of Ritter either over the "spin-off scandal" so I am surprised DeWitt would appear at all. But you never know, maybe death will bring them together.

Somers did the right thing with the show FOR HER. But doing the right thing for her made things hard and awkward for DeWitt and Ritter, they had every right to be bitter at her, at least at the time. I can't imagine carrying the grudge for 20 years. Somers did the right thing, but DeWitt had every right to be angry with her and shun her from the set. So, I don't have any problem with what any of them did at the time. From each's viewpoint, they were justified.

gweeny
Sep 21st, 2003, 12:24 AM
I just wish, they will just reconcile. What is so wrong with forgiving Suzanne. I believe that suzanne was greedy and wrong in her actions, but that was 20 years ago. My favorite on the show was Joyce's character, janet. However, the bitterness that Joyce still has is very annoying.
I am sure that Joyce is still rich enough and I hope that she is not jealous of suzanne.
I hope they reunite, forgive and forget in John's memory.

Malin
Sep 21st, 2003, 12:26 AM
Suzanne helped many woman get better pay, she paved the way. Joyce on the other hand put the women's movement back about 100 years, she would have worked for a 1/10 of john's check. Suzanne was smart to want more.

Mase
Sep 21st, 2003, 03:39 AM
I dont give a shit what happened with the two in the past, out of respect for John they should get together if only for that one night. If they dont I will lose respect for both of them......