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Threes Company reunionIn the late 1970s and early 1980s, Three’s Company was one of the hottest shows on television. The show made John Ritter, Suzanne Somers, and Joyce DeWitt all household names.

Season five marked the start of cast contract re-negotiations and ultimately led to a lot of friction on the set. Somers and her representatives demanded a huge increase in her salary and, when their demands weren’t met, she went “on strike” and made production very difficult. Though she had become a huge draw for the show, Somers was ultimately written out of the series and replaced.

There were a lot of hard feelings resulting from the very public turmoil and former friends DeWitt and Somers haven’t spoken for 31 years. The two have now reunited for Somers’ web series, Breaking Through, just as we approach the 35th anniversary of Three’s Company debut.

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