Suzanne Somers Talks about Getting Fired from 'Three's Company' after Asking for Equal Pay to Match John Ritter's

Suzanne Somers revealed that she got fired from “Three’s Company” after she asked for a raise like her male costar, John Ritter, previously did.

Suzanne Somers gained popularity when she starred as Chrissy Snow on ABC’s hit TV show “Three’s Company.” Unfortunately, the actress didn’t last long on the show as she got kicked off just when her career started to pick up.

Actress Suzanne Somers visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 15, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

Actress Suzanne Somers visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 15, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

Years after the incident, Suzanne now recounts that she was fired after she asked for a pay raise from $30,000 an episode to $150,000 an episode.

Alan Hamel, chorused his wife’s claims by stating that ABC had used her as an example to other women who thought they could make demands like their male counterparts.

Actress Suzanne Somers attends the 7th Biennial UNICEF Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on April 14, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Actress Suzanne Somers attends the 7th Biennial UNICEF Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on April 14, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

According to the 73-year-old actress and entrepreneur, who appeared in four seasons of the show, she thought she could make salary demands like her male costar, John Ritter, had. During an interview with People, Suzanne stated that:

“The show’s response was, ‘Who do you think you are?’ “They said, ‘John Ritter is the star.’”

Suzanne Somers is seen on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Suzanne Somers is seen on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

The actress’s husband of 42 years, former TV producer Alan Hamel, chorused his wife’s claims by stating that ABC had used her as an example to other women who thought they could make demands like their male counterparts.

Fans were unsurprised by Alan’s public support for his wife as the duo has remained a force to reckon with on the relationship front.

Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel are seen on June 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel are seen on June 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

People reported that Alan and Suzanne, who started their relationship 51 years ago, have even revisited how they wanted their lives to be.

With that in mind, the pair made a decision to reduce their workload as regards their work trips and social engagements so they can focus on spending more time together in their Palm Springs, California, home. 

Suzanne Somers, Alan Hamel arrives at the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Suzanne Somers, Alan Hamel arrives at the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

The couple has also started a home bar which they explained would be used for virtual cocktail parties. Although they have been running the bar for months, the pair just unveiled its existence to their fans when Suzanne stated:

“My husband [Alan Hamel] and I have a wonderful ritual several nights a week…We meet at our outdoor bar, which we have called Big Al’s Bar.”

Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel are seen on October 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA | Photo: Getty Images

Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel are seen on October 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA | Photo: Getty Images

During their time at the outdoor bar, the pair would invite their family, which includes their grown children and grandchildren, to join them via FaceTime.

The pair’s favorite bit about their home bar would be how it helps them to practice self-care and social distancing, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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