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Actress Joyce Dewitt is providing her condolences following the dying of her former Three’s Firm costar Suzanne Somers.
“My coronary heart goes out to Suzanne’s household,” DeWitt, 74, stated in a press release to Us Weekly on Monday, October 16. “They’re a really shut household — deeply linked and caring one to the opposite. I can solely think about how tough this time is for all of them.”
She continued: “I’m positive Suzanne was greeted by Angels into the loving knowledge ready for all of us on the opposite aspect, and I hope that may help her household’s hearts in therapeutic as they journey by means of this tough time.”
Somers handed away on the age of 76 on Sunday, October 15, following a two-decade-long battle with breast most cancers. “She survived an aggressive type of breast most cancers for over 23 years,” R. Couri Hay, Somers’ longtime publicist, stated in a press release to Us. “Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce, and her rapid household.”
Sunday would have marked Somers’ 77th birthday. Regardless of the loss, Hay famous that her household would nonetheless “have a good time her extraordinary life” in her reminiscence. “[They] need to thank her hundreds of thousands of followers and followers who beloved her dearly,” Hay’s assertion concluded. “A non-public household burial will happen this week, with a memorial to comply with subsequent month.”
Somers and DeWitt starred alongside the late John Ritter on the hit sitcom Three’s Firm, which ran for eight seasons from 1976 to 1984. The present adopted the hijinks of Ritter’s John Tripper after he strikes into an condo with two single ladies, Janet Wooden and Chrissy Snow, performed by DeWitt and Somers, respectively.
Somers was fired from the present in 1980 after demanding pay fairness with Ritter. Her departure from the present additionally marked the top of her friendship with DeWitt, although the 2 made amends throughout a February 2012 episode of Somers’ discuss present Suzanne Somers Breaking By.
“It’s time [to reunite]. I believe that you simply gave me the chance to be sure that I stroll my discuss for the final 30-odd years,” DeWitt stated through the emotional reunion. “Each time one thing about Three’s Firm comes up, I’ve relentlessly stated that it’s my opinion that the one purpose Three’s Firm is price remembering is that it created a possibility for all of us to chortle collectively, to have a good time pleasure. It’s a profound present.”
When it got here to their falling out, DeWitt famous that she and Somers had “very completely different approaches” to their careers as Somers was targeted on getting cash to assist her son, Bruce Jr., whom she shared with ex-husband Bruce Somers. “We had very completely different wants. I didn’t have a toddler that I used to be supporting by myself,” DeWitt added. “I didn’t have a enterprise head, so I didn’t perceive somebody who did.”
Somers, for her half, shared that she revered and revered DeWitt’s formal performing coaching. “I do need you to understand how a lot I realized from watching you,” she advised her former solid mate.
Final yr, Somers proposed the concept of a Three’s Firm reboot. Throughout an interview on the “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast, she steered that the collection may comply with the son of her and Ritter’s characters and that the kid could possibly be performed by Ritter’s personal son, actor Jason Ritter. (John died in 2003 on the age of 54 resulting from an aortic dissection.)
“I had steered this to Jason’s individuals and that the present could be me and Jason, however that John would seem as a hologram as a result of it’d be like he was again and alive,” she defined on the podcast in April 2022. “However Jason doesn’t need to do something harking back to what his father did.”