9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Three’s Company’
5. Suzanne’s Exit
Controversy rocked the set after season four when Suzanne Somers demanded a huge salary increase to match John Ritter’s. After the network denied her demands, Somers refused to comply with filming and since the network didn’t want to lose her completely, a compromise had to be made. Because of her contract, Somers had to continue on the series but did so only by appearing in one minute, usually at the end of episodes. At this point both DeWitt and Ritter had stopped speaking to Somers and Somers’ filming times were made early in the day so that she was finished and gone by the time Ritter and DeWitt showed up to begin their day. By the end of the season, Somers was officially fired and there was no mention of her again on set.
4. The Jack Tripper Controversy
Three’s Company has done well in syndication ever since it came to an end but it was while in syndication that the show came under fire. In 2001, a viewer watching the episode “The Charming Stranger” fielded a complaint that she could see part of John Ritter’s scrotum briefly through the bottom of a pair of blue boxer shorts he was wearing. The brief moment was quickly edited out for any other times the episode was to be aired, and in response to all of it Ritter said, “I’ve requested that Nickelodean air both versions, edited and unedited, because sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t.”