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Hollywood Royalty: The Joyce Dewitt Mistreated Season
on February 4, 2009
Season 8 was the last of Three's Company and at this point was already in the pre-stages of The John Ritter Show. The original trio were equals in the company as stars, even though John got paid the most. However, when Suzanne was fired, the show took a turn and became less company. Season 6 was a good season and the first episodes portrayed Priscilla Barnes in a good light and as a potential equal to Suzanne Somers. However, Seasons 7 and 8 might as well had Priscilla as a supporting character like Larry and Mr. Furley. Priscilla's screen time was reduced and there were more Jack and Janet solo stories without Terri. It was only years later through an interview with Priscilla, the audience learned she was unhappy with the show and voiced she wanted to leave to the producers. As a result of her punishment, her screen time was minimized and her salary was cut. What a waste of talent. The shows started to show more time at Jack's Bistro and featured more episodes around Jack as a cook. The other girls were merely decorations. Joyce DeWitt, even though I don't like her because she attacks Suzanne Somers, was a gifted actress. However, she did not have the star appeal as Suzanne Somers and did not have clout with the producers for better story lines. As a result, the Janet storylines were minimum compared to the Jack storylines. So, the producers with all these changes made have decided the show could go on with John Ritter without the girls. However, if most of the audience were like me, they were always happy to see the girls back in a scene. Don't get me wrong John Ritter was a legend and a talented actor. However, Three's Company stopped being company after Season 7. It was already The John Ritter Show. As a result, the producers treated Joyce Dewitt and Priscilla Barnes, who probably could care less staying on the show, like crap. The producers lied to Joyce about major changes being made to the show and waited until the last minute to tell Joyce that she would no longer have a job. The final episode was a preseason of Three's A Crowd. I have to sympathized with Joyce on how badly she was treated and don't understand why John would allow Joyce to be treated so badly. As a result, Joyce left Hollywood and traveled the world seeking true spirituality. Three's A Crowd failed because the supporting actors were not as gifted as Joyce Dewitt and Priscilla Barnes. In my opinion, the show should have ended after Season 5, when Suzanne left and John Ritter should have made a new show all together without being the Jack Tripper character. Anyway, if you have Seasons 1-7. Buy Season 8.